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Videogame (1984). Synapse Software. Designed by Robert Pinsky. Platforms: Atari8, C64, DOS (1984); AtariST (1985). / Written by the noted American poet Robert Pinsky, Mindwheel was originally marketed as an "Electronic Novel". In design terms, however, it is a text-based Adventure game, in which the player takes the role of a "Mind Adventurer". The premise is that the Adventurer's future society is on the verge of destroying itself through internal conflict, and in order to prevent anarchy ...


Film (1970). Universal Pictures. Produced by Saul David. Directed by Gordon Douglas. Written by Nelson Gidding based on Les Animaux denaturés (1952; trans Rita Barisse as You Shall Know Them 1953; vt Borderline 1954; vt The Murder of the Missing Link 1958) by Vercors. Cast includes Susan Clark, Paul Hubschmid and Burt Reynolds. 105 minutes. Colour. / Adventurer Douglas Temple (Reynolds) guides a scientific expedition led by Dr Sybil Greame (Clark) into the deep jungles of Papua New ...

Bull Spec

US professional Slick Print Magazine of Speculative Fiction – technically a Semiprozine – which is also available online, founded and edited by Samuel Montgomery-Blinn of Durham, North Carolina. It debuted in Spring 2010 and was initially published thrice yearly, the print edition being in slick letter-size format. The editor keeps his definition of speculative fiction broad so that the magazine contains a range of fiction, from fables to Hard SF via Steampunk. In addition to its ...

Byron, Lord

Working name and title of UK poet George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), the central figure – along with Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats (1795-1821) – in the second generation of English Romantic poets; father of Ada Lovelace. At least as directly as did Shelley in Prometheus Unbound (1820), and perhaps more accessibly, he expressed throughout his career a volatile but persistent sense that the world – one may in his case go so far as to say the planet (see below) – ...

Allum, Tom

(?   -    ) UK author for the Young Adult market, perhaps best known for the Hurricane Harland detective thriller sequence; of sf interest is Emperor of Space (1959; vt Boy Beyond the Moon 1960), a mild Space Opera featuring a lad. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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