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Mason, Grace Sartwell

(1876-1966) US author, actively prolific as a short story writer for many years; of her novels, The Bear's Claws (1913) with John Northern Hilliard is of sf interest as a Lost World tale set in Persia, where an ancient City is discovered; the otherness of this city is muted by its discoverers' calling it Persepolis, a genuine ancient city whose location has been known for thousands of years. [JC]

Edge of Darkness

1. UK television miniseries (1985). BBC TV, Lionheart Television International. Produced by Michael Wearing, directed by Martin Campbell. Written by Troy Kennedy Martin. Cast includes Joe Don Baker, Hugh Fraser, Charles Kay, Ian McNeice, Kenneth Nelson, Bob Peck, Zoë Wanamaker, Jack Watson, Joanne Whalley, John Woodvine. Music by Eric Clapton and Michael Kamen. Six 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This miniseries is among the best television dramas ever made, a judgement that has been ...

Edison, Thomas Alva

(1847-1931) US inventor, entrepreneur and author, credited with numerous Inventions – including the light bulb, the phonograph and significant contributions to the development of the motion picture – for which he received more than 1093 patents. It has been argued that Edison's working practice was to supervise the original work of others, taking corporate credit for them in his own name (a practice which, under various descriptions, remains common in scientific research); there is ...

Survival Horror

Term used to describe a form of Videogame which, unusually amongst game forms, is defined by its tone and ambience rather than by its gameplay. As the name suggests, Survival Horror games are characterized by vulnerable protagonists attempting to escape from menacing and disturbing situations, almost always of a fantastic nature. The gameplay most often resembles that of an action Adventure, though in a Survival Horror game the player characters will be at much more frequent risk of death, ...

Mason, Robert

(1942-    ) US author who became known for Chickenhawk (1983), a memoir of his stint as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. He is of sf interest for the Solo sequence, which begins with Weapon (1989). Ostensibly a Technothriller, and filmed as such as Solo (1996) directed by Norberto Barba, it avoids the more restrictive implications of that term by concentrating on an AI; Solo, the Robot referred to in the title, learns more about being human in his Android body than about being ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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