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Volk, Gordon

(1885-?1962) UK author who also wrote as by Raymond Knotts, in active service during World War One; he specialized almost exclusively in crime adventures without fantastic elements, with the exception of The Isle of Men (1932), a Lost Race tale set on a South Pacific Island where a race of physically superior humans is discovered. [JC]


Film (2002). Columbia Pictures presents a Marvel Entertainments/Laura Ziskin production. Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by David Koepp, based on the Marvel Comic book by Stan Lee, Steve Ditko. Cast includes Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and Tobey Maguire. 121 minutes. Colour. / A critical and commercial hit, Spider-Man, along with X-Men (2000) (see X-Men Films), reinvigorated the Superhero genre in cinema. Spider-Man is an origin tale, largely true to the Comics. (Spider-Man ...

Dalek I Love You

Shortlived UK electropop band, formed by David Balfe (1958-    ) and Alan Gill (?1958-    ). The group's peculiar name was a compromise between Balfe's desire to name the band "Dalek" after the Doctor Who villains (see Daleks) and Gill's preference for "Darling I Love You". Their debut album Compass Kumpass (1980) includes an oblique celebration of the Doctor Who universe, "Destiny (Dalek I Love You)"; and their second and ultimate album, Dalek I Love You ...


Videogame (1985). Novagen Software (NS). Designed by Paul Woakes. Platforms: Atari8, C64 (1985); Amstrad, Spectrum (1987); Amiga, AtariST (1988). / While it is of primarily historical interest today, Mercenary is notable as an early example of a modular plot structure (see Interactive Narrative) in which the player has considerable freedom of action within clearly defined boundaries, an approach used in such later games as Wasteland (1988) and Fallout (1997). The player adopts the role of ...

Coles, Bennett R

(?   -    ) Canadian military officer, entrepreneur and author whose War sequence of Space Opera adventures beginning with Virtues of War (2015) puts a young un-battle-tested woman in command of some hardened troops in an expanding conflict. The arena is galaxy-wide. Terra is threatened but expansionist. [JC]

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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