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Douglas, Norman

(1868-1952) Austrian-born author, in UK from childhood, of superb meditative travel books and some fiction, his best-known novel being South Wind (1917 2vols). Unprofessional Tales (coll 1901) with his wife, Elizabeth Louisa Theobaldina Fitzgibbon (1876-1916), writing together as by Normyx, consists mainly of fantasies;one of the stories here assembled was revised, as by Douglas alone, as Nerinda (1929). In two novels of his late maturity he dramatized his strongly misogynist and persuasively ...

Waters, M D

(1978-    ) US author whose Archetype sequence comprising Archetype (2014) and Prototype (2014) features a young woman with Amnesia – it is soon revealed that she has suffered a Memory Edit at the hands of her doctors – whose responses to the world into which she is revived are akin to responses typical of protagonists in Sleeper Awakes tales. This Near Future world is extremely sf-like, with Teleportation and other familiar features; but the focus of the tale is ...

Meier, Sid

(1954-    ) US Game designer, inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in 1999. Meier's first game was Spitfire Ace (1982 MicroProse, Atari8; 1984 C64, PCBoot), the first of a long line of combat flight simulators which he designed for MicroProse. By the late 1980s, however, Meier had become interested in other forms of Videogame. This change in focus led to the creation of both Pirates! (1987 MicroProse, Amstrad, AppleII, C64, PCBoot; 1988 ...

Iczer One

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1985-1987). AIC. Based on the Manga by Aran Rei. Directed and written by Toshiki Hirano. Voice cast includes Arisa Andō, Kaneto Shiozawa, Mayumi Shō, Keiko Toda, Naoko Watanabe and Yuriko Yamamoto. Three 30-48 minute episodes. Colour. / Having lost their homeworld, the Alien Cthulhu desire a new place to live, travelling the universe in their Spaceship, most of their population held in Suspended Animation. They begin to despair, but then a ...

Newton, Alex

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, Posterity: Its Verdicts and its Methods; Or, Democracy A D 2010 (London: Williams and Norgate, 1897) anonymous, a Sleeper Awakes tale whose protagonist discovers the Utopian world of 2010, which has evolved on lines described by Edward Bellamy in Looking Backward (1888). Much of the text is given over to discussion. [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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