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Unger, Kimberly

(?   -    ) US Videogame designer, teacher and author, in the latter capacity mostly of nonfantastic tales for Young Adult readers; she began to publish work of genre interest with "Sea Change" in Galaxy's Edge for September 2015. Her first novel with strong sf content is Nucleation (2020), a Hard SF Space Opera set initially at a mining installation in deep space, where the protagonist makes problematic First Contact with another civilization; Realpolitik and ...

Sentinel, The

Videogame (1986; vt The Sentry in the US). Designed by Geoff Crammond. Platforms: C64 (1986); Amstrad, AtariST, BBCMicro, Spectrum (1987); Amiga (1988), DOS (1989). / In The Sentinel, topography is everything. The player adopts the role of a "synthoid", a Robot in a three-dimensional chequerboard landscape overlooked by its eponymous guardian. The Sentinel's gaze slowly scans across the game's small world; if it catches sight of the player, it will begin to absorb the synthoid's energy ...

Merritt, A

(1884-1943) US editor, real-estate developer and author, primarily of Fantasy and Science Fantasy though he was influential among sf writers and readers as well. His first years were occupied with newspaper journalism; he was a longtime assistant editor of The American Weekly, becoming editor-in-chief in 1937 and remaining so until his death. Though his fiction was written as a sideline to this busy career between 1917 and 1934, which may explain why his output was small compared to most ...

Janáček, Leoš

(1854-1928) Czech composer. His four-act opera Výlet pana Broučka do XV. stolet a do Měsíce ["The Excursions of Mr. Brouček to the Moon and to the 15th Century "] (1920) is as jaunty and unrealistic a piece of sf as its title suggests. Janáček's opera Věc Makropulos (1926, translated into English variously as "The Makropulos Affair" and "The Makropulos Case") adapts Karel Čapek's novel Věc Makropulos (1922) about a Scientist creating an ...

Fessenden, Laura Dayton

(1851-1924) US author of romances and other works, among which a tale for younger children, Moon Children (1902), is of modest interest for its depiction of an inhabited Moon, though the story soon turns on figures from Mother Goose. Of much greater interest is "2002": Childlife One Hundred Years from Now (1902), which describes inventively, for children, a Utopia containing a wide range of innovations in Technology, including videophones, electronic voting machines, devices that closely ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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