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Videogame (2009). Sucker Punch Productions (SPP). Platforms: PS3. / inFAMOUS is a Superhero action Adventure, the design of which shows some influence from Computer Role Playing Game conventions. Gameplay focuses on combat, exploration, and climbing and leaping in the manner of a platform game (see Videogames); the game's mechanics are cleverly biased to represent its protagonist's remarkable acrobatic skills. The setting is the fictional Empire City, an analogue of New York in which the ...

Dr Shrinker

US juvenile tv series (1976). Sid and Marty Kroft Television Productions for ABC-TV. Produced by Jack Regas. Directors included, Regas, Bob Lally, Bill Hubin. Cast includes Billy Barty, Ted Eccles, Susan Lawrence, Jeff MacKay and Jay Robinson. Sixteen 15-minute episodes. Colour. / Young Brad (Eccles), B J (Lawrence) and Gordie (MacKay) wash up after a boating accident on the isolated Island where Dr Shrinker (Robinson), a typical Mad Scientist, has perfected a Miniaturization machine; Hugo ...

Grove, Peter J

(?   -    ) UK author of an unremarkable sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited, The Levellers (1981) [JC]

Atkins, Juan

(1962-    ) US electronic musician and composer. Inspired by Kraftwerk, Afrika Bambaataa, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Parliament, Atkins began experimenting with synthesizers and tape-decks in the early 1980s, making a name for himself as a pioneer of techno and hip-hop. He has recorded under a variety of names. As "Cybotron" he had hits with "Cosmic Cars" (1981) and the robotic "Clear" (1983), both of which have been widely sampled by other artists. As "Model 500" he has ...

Rogers, Hubert

(1898-1982) Canadian artist who studied art at Toronto Technical School before military service in World War I, then continued his training at other institutions, including the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1925, he began his professional career in New York, doing illustrations for newspapers, painting book covers, and painting covers for Pulp magazines like Adventure and The Argosy. / Rogers entered sf publishing with a cover painting for Astounding ...

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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