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Froese, Edgar

German musician (1944-2015), most famous as part of Tangerine Dream. Froese released a number of solo albums, all instrumental electronica, although most with a distinctive science-fictional feel to them. Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (1975) creates aural landscapes, possibly otherworldly, out of mellotron tones, pulsings, whirrings, dronings and other electronic noises. Many subsequent albums (for instance the four-volume Ambient Highway series [all 2003]) specify mundane locations in the titles ...

Tales of the Talisman

US low-paying downloadable and print-on-demand letter-size Semiprozine published and edited by David Lee Summers at Hadrosaur Productions, Mesilla Park, New Mexico. The magazine is a direct successor to Hadrosaur Tales and appeared quarterly from Spring 2005 until publication ceased with volume 10 issue 4 (whole number #40) in Spring 2015. / Although the title suggests fantasy and magic Tales of the Talisman published stories covering the whole range of speculative fiction. Most issues ...

Velez, Walter

(1939-2018) American artist. After extensive artistic training, Velez entered the field of commercial art, mostly focusing on advertising though he also did some album covers for Latino musicians. He began working on sf and Fantasy book covers in the late 1970s and quickly showed that he could provide covers with interesting tableaux of distinctively rendered human figures, like the friendly scoundrels drinking at an inn on the cover of Robert Asprin's first Thieves' World Shared-World ...

Lawnmower Man, The

Film (1992). Allied Vision Lane Pringle/Fuji Eight Co. Directed by Brett Leonard. Written by Leonard, Gimel Everett. Cast includes Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Fahey, Geoffrey Lewis and Jenny Wright. 108 minutes. Colour. / The full title is Stephen King's The Lawnmower Man, but the film has been repudiated by King, angry at the cynicism whereby his old short story "The Lawnmower Man" (May 1975 Cavalier) was purchased to exploit the marketing power of his name and then effectively discarded through ...

Real Time Strategy

Term used to describe a form of Computer Wargame which combines elements borrowed from 4X Games and strategic board and counter Wargames with continuous ("real time") gameplay. Typically, players must simultaneously research new technologies and gather resources such as fuel and metal, while using those resources to build structures on the battlefield and produce military units which can be used in tactical combat. This approach to design produces complex and entertaining gameplay, but is not ...

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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