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Mother

Videogame series (from 1989). Nintendo. Designed by Shigesato Itoi. / Mother is a series of Japanese Console Role Playing Games (see Computer Role Playing Games), beginning with the three-dimensional Isometric view Mother (1989 Nintendo, NES) designed by Shigesato Itoi. This game, released only in Japan, follows the adventures of a young boy who travels around the world finding friends with special talents, often Psi Powers, and collecting eight melodies with which to save humanity from ...

Perce, Elbert

(1831-1869) US translator and author whose Proto SF novel, Gulliver Joi: His Three Voyages; Being an Account of his Marvelous Adventures in Kailoo, Hydrogenia and Ejario (1851), intriguingly utilizes the convention of the Fantastic Voyage to shift his tale back and forth among several narrative categories: genuinely speculative sf; mild-mannered Bildungsroman leading to marriage; interplanetary romance; the Lost Race tale; and a Myth of Origin story which foretells the narrator's magical ...

Emtsev, Mikhail

(1930-2003) Russian scientist and author whose most significant work was accomplished in collaboration with Eremei Parnov, also a trained scientist. They began their career with Hard-SF stories in 1961, publishing titles like Uravneniie s Blednogo Neptuna (coll 1964; title story trans Helen Saltz Jacobson as "The Pale Neptune Equation" in New Soviet Sf, anth 1979; "Dusha Mira" trans Antonina W Bouis as World Soul 1978); the latter tale combines Frankensteinian horrors with detailed (though ...

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Film (1989). Interscope Communications/Soisson-Murphey/De Laurentiis. Director Stephen Herek. Written by Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon. Cast includes Robert V Barron, Terry Camilleri, George Carlin, Al Leong, Keanu Reeves, Jane Wiedlin and Alex Winter. 89 minutes. Colour. / Because the tranquillity of future life depends on the cultural changes brought about by a late-twentieth-century rock band called Wyld Stallyns, an emissary from the future named Rufus (Carlin) is sent back to Los Angeles ...

Dodderidge, Esmé

(1916-1997) UK author whose The New Gulliver, or The Adventures of Lemuel Gulliver, Jr. in Capovolta (1979) brings its protagonist into a matriarchal society, a Dystopia as far as its male visitor can see at first, in which by an ironic role reversal all the men, who are subservient to women, carry out the child-rearing and sexual-object functions which in the real Western world at the time the book was written were generally the roles of women. Eventually, Gulliver begins to reflect on the ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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