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Patel, Carrie

(?   -    ) US games designer and author whose first novel, The Buried Life (2014), set deep Underground underneath a Ruined Earth surface, long after a planetary Disaster; the tale is set in the great City of Recoletta, which has become a centrally-controlled Dystopia, its starkness ameliorated by a Steampunk sense that in Urban Fantasy terms Recoletta is a dark mirror of London [for As Above So Below and Urban Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under ...

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream

Videogame (1995). The Dreamers' Guild. Designed by Harlan Ellison, David Mullich, David Sears. Platforms: DOS. / I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream is a graphical Adventure based on Harlan Ellison's Hugo award-winning short story of the same name. The game, scripted and codesigned by Ellison, expands considerably on its original while altering many of the details. The central question of the Adventure is why the insane supercomputer AM would pick the game's five protagonists in particular ...

Challenging Destiny

Canadian Small Press low-paying magazine of science fiction and fantasy, published by Crystalline Sphere Publishing, St Marys, Ontario; edited throughout by David M Switzer, initially with Graham D Wall (issues 1 and 2) and then Robert P Switzer (#3-#12). It ran for 25 issues between May 1997 to December 2007, as a Print Magazine until #17 (December 2003) and thereafter as an Online Magazine. It tried to keep a regular quarterly schedule but only managed this in 1999, otherwise there were ...

10 Story Fantasy

US Pulp magazine. One issue, Spring 1951, published by Avon Periodicals, edited by Donald A Wollheim. Despite the title, 10 Story Fantasy had thirteen stories, but three of these were novelettes. It featured work by several eminent authors – John Beynon (John Wyndham), L Sprague de Camp, Lester del Rey, Fritz Leiber, C M Kornbluth, Kris Neville and A E van Vogt – but is now best remembered for publishing Arthur C Clarke's "Sentinel of Eternity" (vt "The Sentinel" in Expedition to ...

Clear Horizon, The

US television series (1960-1962). CBS Television Network. Created by Manya Starr. Writers included Starr, Carol Warner Gluck, and Irving Vendig. Cast included Phyllis Avery, William Berger, Beau Bridges, Ed Kemmer, Ted Knight, Eve McVeigh, Lee Meriwether, and William Roerick. 254 episodes. Black and white. / This daily soap opera, first performed live and taped when it was revived, involved the lives of astronauts in the American space programme residing in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its ...

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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