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Dunn, Waldo H

(1882-1969) US academic and author of a Prehistoric SF tale, The Vanished Empire: A Tale of the Mound Builders (1904), focusing on that paleo-Indian civilization in Ohio, which Dunn dramatizes through an invasion from the southwards by King Inca, whose martial forces defeat the Mound Builders. [JC]

Mann & Machine

US tv series (1992). Universal Television/Dick Wolf Films for NBC-TV. Executive Producer Dick Wolf. Directors included Allan Arkush, James A Conant, Brian Grant. Writers included Nancy Bond, Neil Cohen, Morgan Gendel, Larry Lalonde. Cast includes David Andrews, Yancy Butler and S Epatha Merkerson. Nine 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Brash policeman Detective Bobby Mann (Andrews) is assigned an experimental Android as his new partner: Sergeant Eve Edison ...


Videogame (1993). Bullfrog Productions (BP). Designed by Peter Molyneux, Sean Cooper. Platforms: Amiga, DOS (1993); Mac, MegaDrive, SNES (1994); 3DO, CD32, Jaguar (1995). / Syndicate is an early example of a Real Time Tactics game, played in a three-dimensional Isometric view, and set in a milieu which emphasizes the moral ...

Lynch, David

(1946-    ) US filmmaker, actor, artist and musician whose work has extended Surrealism into mainstream Cinema and Television. Lynch's films tend to examine the uneasy truce between rationality and the unconscious mind by revealing how intimations of Sex, Identity and death make themselves felt in modern American communities. The term Lynchian has been defined by ...

Atkins, Juan

(1962-    ) US electronic musician and composer. Inspired by Kraftwerk, Afrika Bambaataa, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Parliament, Atkins began experimenting with synthesizers and tape-decks in the early 1980s, making a name for himself as a pioneer of techno and hip-hop. He has recorded under a variety of names. As "Cybotron" he had hits ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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