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Fish!

Videogame (1988). Magnetic Scrolls (MS). Designed by Pete Kemp, John Molloy, Phil South, Robert Steggles. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, C64, DOS (1988); Spectrum (1989). / Fish! is a surreal text Adventure (with static illustrations) in which the player adopts the role of an inter-dimensional secret agent. This hero is something of a serial body snatcher, travelling between Parallel Worlds by possessing the bodies of their inhabitants (see Identity Transfer). As the game begins, the main ...

Huang Chun-Sin

(?   -    ) Chinese author, possibly pseudonymous, whose only publishing credits are with Hong Kong firms in 1959-1960. Alice in Manialand (1959 chap) makes use of conspicuously coded language [for Aesopian Fantasy and Wonderland see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] to create a Dystopian Parody of Communist China. Life in Manialand is insanely bureaucratized, peopled by slaves, governed by doubletalking hypocrites. The tale may have been ...

Dunn, Saul

Pseudonym used by UK author and publisher Philip M Dunn (1946-2007) for the original publication of his books in the UK, though he used his own name for their US release; he was also the director of Pierrot Publishing, a packaging-cum-publishing firm which became insolvent in 1981, owing large sums. Dunn was reported to have moved to India for religious reasons, but eventually returned to England. Releases generated by the company included Brian W Aldiss's Brothers of the Head (1977), Peter ...

Squid Girl

Japanese animated tv series (2010-2014). Original title Shinryaku! Ika Musume. Based on the Manga by Masahiro Anbe. Diomedéa. Written by Michiko Yokote. Directed by Tsutomu Mizushima and Yasutaka Yamamoto. Voice cast includes Ayumi Fujimura, Hisako Kanemoto, Hitomi Nabatame, Miki Ōtani and Rie Tanaka. 24 24-minute episodes and five OVAs. Colour. / The routine of a beachfront cafe, the Lemon Beach House, is interrupted by the announcement that it is now the "base of operations ...

Illuminati

Card Game (1982). Steve Jackson Games (SJG). Designed by Steve Jackson. / Illuminati is a game of social satire, much influenced by Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! sequence, with one simple goal: take over the world. The spirit of Wilson's original trilogy is effectively invoked; the game abounds with ludicrous conspiracies, moments of high weirdness and quintuple-cross after quintuple-cross. Each player begins with a card representing their central conspiracy, or Illuminati faction, ...

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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