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Friswell, Hain

(1825-1878) UK journalist and author, active from about 1851 in several genres. Blackwood's Comic Zadkiel: An Almanac at Once Prophetical and Profitable [for full title see Checklist] (coll 1855) is a spoof almanac in which the Predictions of its presenter/protagonist Zadkiel are dramatized, sometimes in sf form, including "'Grand Nephew Tom's Cabin,' An Extract From a Sequel Some Sixty Years After the Date of Mrs. Stowe's Volume", a Satire on the abolition of Slavery. Ghost Stories and Phantom ...

Cravens, Gwyneth

(?   -    ) US author of The Black Death (1977) with John S Marr, then head of the New York City Bureau of Preventible Diseases, about a Near Future Disaster in which the eponymous plague (see Pandemic) is transmitted unknowingly by a young woman; it was filmed as Quiet Killer (1992). Speed of Light: The Adventures of Ella Speed (1979) carries a young woman in rebellion against "civilized" urban culture into an occultish-group whose mind-control techniques ...

Starship Titanic

Videogame (1998). The Digital Village. Designed by Douglas Adams, Adam Shaikh, Emma Westecott. Platforms: Win (1998); Mac (1999). / Starship Titanic is a graphical Adventure which uses a first person view similar to that of Obsidian (1996) or The Journeyman Project (1993). As in those games, the player must move from one predefined node in space to another, and their ability to interact with the physical environment is strictly limited. Starship Titanic, however, also draws heavily on the ...

Science Fiction Age

US Slick letter-size magazine, saddle-stapled, published bimonthly by Sovereign Media, Herndon, Virginia, 46 issues, November 1992 to May 2000. Publisher Mark Hintz, edited by Scott Edelman. A bold and extremely welcome magazine that strove to achieve what many had tried before and failed, being a genuine Slick science fiction magazine. Science Fiction Age was the most impressive professional sf magazine launched in the 1990s. With a cover price of $2.95, only a fraction above that then charged ...

Robinson, Frank M

(1926-2014) US editor and author, who began his career as an office boy with Ziff-Davis in the 1940s, where he first met his long-time colleague William Hamling; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Maze" in Astounding for June 1950 and was for a time fairly prolific. At the end of this early period he released his first (and for decades his only) solo novel, The Power (1956), a tale which effectively combines sf and thriller in the story of the search for a malignant Superman ...

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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