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Neville, Kris

(1925-1980) US author – mostly of fiction – who worked for many years as a technical writer specializing in plastics technology, and through his connection with the Epoxylite Corporation co-authored several texts on epoxy resins. He began publishing sf with "The Hand from the Stars" (July 1949 Super Science Stories), and for several years was a prolific contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and other magazines; he wrote some fantasy as by Henderson Starke. His ...

Blackford, Russell

(1954-    ) Australian author and critic. The best of his small output of sf may be "Glass Reptile Breakout" (in Strange Attractors, anth 1985, ed Damien Broderick), the title story of Glass Reptile Breakout (anth 1990) edited by Van Ikin, a Cyberpunk tale of self-healing teenagers. His only novel, The Tempting of the Witch King (1983), is ironic fantasy. Co-editor of Australian Science Fiction Review: Second Series, Blackford has two William Atheling Jr Awards for ...


Videogame (2007). 2K Boston / 2K Australia. Designed by Ken Levine. Platforms: XB360, Win (2007); PS3 (2008); Mac (2009). / BioShock is a First Person Shooter, much influenced by System Shock 2 (1999) (see System Shock). The game begins with the player character, Jack, in the middle of the Atlantic in 1960, having survived an airplane crash. After swimming to a nearby island, the player can discover a bathysphere and descend to the secret underwater city of Rapture. This metropolis, an ...

Bernard, Rafe

Secondary pseudonym of UK author Reginald Alec Martin (1908-1971), better known for his Children's SF written as by E C Eliott (whom see for full entry). He used Bernard for an sf novel, The Wheel in the Sky (1954), which datedly concerns itself with the construction of a pre-NASA-style, privately financed Space Station, and for an Invaders Tie, The Halo Highway (1967; vt Army of the Undead 1967). (References listing Bernard as a pseudonym of Keith Laumer are incorrect.) [JC/SH]

Alington, Adrian

(1895-1958) UK author of Sanity Island (1941) which, set on an Island not unlike Britain, is a comic Satire on political extremism and the farcical aspects of re-armament – the targets are mainly of the left. Alington's last novel, Excellency (1951), set on a fictitious Mediterranean island, repeats good-humouredly but not fantastically some of the effects of the earlier book; it was filmed as Excellency (1952). [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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