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Term used to describe printed works of fiction in which different paths can be followed through the story, leading to multiple endings, and in which some outcomes are considered superior to others, allowing for the possibility of "winning" or "losing" the book. The word itself was apparently coined by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (1982) (see Fighting Fantasy), but has become a generic term for all such works. Two main variants exist, referred to in this ...

Hidrea Spacefolk

Finnish prog-rock or self-described "astrobeat" band, formed in 1999. They have released two albums to date, both of considerable genre interest: Symbiosis (2002) and Balansia (2004). Their accomplished space-rock is largely instrumental and combines melodic guitars, restless synthesizers and repetitive drums into sound-textures with an interstellar travel vibe. [AR] see also: SF Music. /

Nevins, Albert J

(1915-1997) US Catholic priest, film director and author, whose Children's SF novel, The Adventures of Pancho of Peru (1953), describes the brave behaviour of the eponymous native, who has connections with a Lost World deep in the mountains. It was published as part of the didactic Adventures with a Purpose series. [JC]

Satellite Science Fiction

US magazine, 18 issues October 1956 to May 1959, began as a Digest until December 1958 and then letter-size, February to May 1959; bimonthly, but monthly for last four issues (February-May 1959). Published by Renown Publications, New York. Cylvia Kleinman (Mrs Leo Margulies) was managing editor on all issues, which were edited by Sam Merwin Jr October to December 1956, Leo Margulies February 1957 to December 1958 and Frank Belknap Long February to May 1959. / Satellite Science Fiction was ...


Japanese animated film (1995). Madhouse, Bandai Visual, Kōdansha. Directed by Koji Morimoto, Tensai Okamura, Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Written by Satoshi Kon, Katsuhiro Ōtomo. Cast includes Yū Hayashi, Hideyuki Hori, Tsutomu Isobe and Gara Takashima. 113 minutes. Colour. / A three-part anthology movie based on stories by the creator of Akira (1988), who here signs over the bulk of the work to his colleagues. The opening piece "Magnetic Rose", is heavily influenced by Andrei ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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