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Anson, Captain

(1846-1905) UK author, in the Royal Navy 1859-1896. His Future War tale, The Great Anglo-American War of 1900 (1896 chap), warrants modest interest for the worldwide scope of the conflict and for the UK's destruction of San Francisco, which inspires an inventive American response (see Edisonade; Inventions) and the surrender of Canada. For verisimilitude, the tale should perhaps have been set several years further into the future. [JC]

Sales, Ian

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Kerrol Ki" for The Scanner #8 in 1990; he has also published many reviews in the UK from about 1988. The loose Apollo Quartet sequence – comprising Adrift on the Sea of Rains (2012); The Eye with Which the Universe Beholds Itself (2013); Then Will the Great Ocean Wash Deep Above (2013) and All That Outer Space Allows (2013) – presents separate tales thematically linked. The ...

Vaughan, Richard

(?   -?   ) Author, believed to have been Canadian, who wrote only two known stories, the first being"The Woman from Space" (Spring 1932 Wonder Stories Quarterly) in which Earth is under threat from an errant planet and which features an array of superscientific gadgetry. His far more ambitious second tale was seared into the memories of 1930s Magazine readers as among the best serials of the period: The Exile of the Skies (January-March 1934 Wonder Stories; 2016) ...

Isometric

Term used to describe a form of perspective projection sometimes used in Videogames, particularly in those intended for older hardware, for which it could be technically advantageous. Some mathematical complexities are involved, but in essence an isometric view is one in which the lines of perspective are not linear, as in post-Renaissance European art, but parallel, as in classical Chinese scrolls. Thus objects appear in three dimensions but do not diminish with distance. This can allow ...

Forbidden World

Film (1982; vt Mutant). New World. Directed by Allan Holzman. Written by Tim Curnen. Cast includes June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Dawn Dunlap, Fox Harris, Raymond Oliver and Jesse Vint. 86 minutes. Colour. / This cheap imitation of Alien (1979), from Roger Corman's New World exploitation factory, is distinguished by its gleefully sleazy nature and amusing cynicism. An outer-space troubleshooter (Vint) is awakened from cryo-sleep (see Cryonics), casually informed that he is now younger than ...

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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