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Mitchison, G R

(1894-1970) UK politician, lawyer and author, usually known as Dick Mitchison, married to Naomi Mitchison. He is of sf interest for a Near Future Utopia, The First Workers' Government; Or, New Times for Henry Dubb (1934), which treats the ascent of socialism with favour. Connected thematically with this was the slightly earlier Banking (Being a Chapter from the History of the 1935 Socialist Government, Written in 1970) (1933 chap), a short Future History. Mitchison was made a Life Peer in 1964. ...

Cyborg [game]

Videogame (1981). Sentient Software. Designed by Michael Berlyn. Platforms: AppleII (1981); Atari8, C64 (1982). / While Cyborg was not the first science-fictional text Adventure, it may be the first such work of any lasting interest. As in Algis Budrys' rather more sophisticated novel Who? (April 1955 Fantastic Universe; exp 1958), the central character is a prosthetically augmented human of uncertain Identity, in this case an astronaut who is suffering from Amnesia and is thus ignorant of ...

Superman Returns

Film (2006). Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Bryan Singer. Written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris. Cast includes Kate Bosworth, James Marsden, Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey. 154 minutes. Colour. / Superman's return to cinema largely ignores developments in the comics; instead Superman Returns reverently emulates the original Superman (1978). Set after Superman II (1980), Superman Returns begins with the return of the hero (Routh) to Earth after a five year absence, during which Lois ...

Memory

The most dramatic fictional quirks of human memory are its loss or external manipulation, as discussed in the entries for Amnesia and Memory Edit (see also Dream Hacking). Also of occasional sf interest is the phenomenon of photographic or eidetic memory, sometimes treated as a minor Superpower. Among the best-known examples are: the eponym of Jorge Luis Borges's "Funes el memorioso" (June 1942 La Nación; trans Anthony Kerrigan as "Funes the Memorious"), whose gift is something of a ...

Synge, J L

(1897-1995) Irish physicist and author whose best-known nontechnical work of nonfiction is Science, Sense and Nonsense (1951). His novel, Kandelman's Krim: A Realistic Fantasy (1957), features a long conversation in which an Orc, a Kea, a Unicorn and a Plumber discuss the concept of infinity and instruct a passing Goddess in the foundations of Mathematics. [BS]

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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