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Winters, Ben H

(1976-    ) US playwright, journalist and author whose first books – including The Jewish Comedy Thesaurus: 3,102 Quips, Quotes, and Kvetches (2007) and the Worst-Case Scenario series of spoofs with David Borgenicht and Robin Epstein – were comic nonfiction. He is of sf interest for two series. His contributions to his publisher's Quirk Classics sequence are Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters (2009) with Jane Austen and Android Karenina (2010) with Leo ...

Night of the Carrots, The

Estonian animated film (1998; original title Porgandite öö). Eesti Joonisfilm. Directed and written by Priit Pärn. Narration by Frank Boyle. 29 minutes. Colour. / Diego, lover of the round, hater of the angular, arrives at PGI hoping to book a room. A sprawling, architecturally unappealing structure, PGI is a hotel (perhaps also a sanatorium) and, as the queues outside attest, much in demand: getting a room is near impossible. Its current residents – all joined to their ...

Supernatural Creatures

This entry provides an overview of the treatment of supernatural beings in sf, some of the more important, interesting or simply popular subsets of such entities also being given separate entries: Gods and Demons, Golem, Poltergeists, Shapeshifters, Vampires, Werewolves and Zombies. / Just as it is common in sf to give empirical explanations of ancient myths and stories of the gods (see Gods and Demons; Mythology; Shaggy God Story) and to seek a rationale for Magic, so too, when sf deals ...

Time Zone

Videogame (1982). On-Line Systems. Designed by Roberta Williams. Platforms: AppleII (1982); PC88, PC98 (1985). / Time Zone is an illustrated text Adventure with a highly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). The player begins the game in possession of a Time Machine, having been chosen by a mysterious figure to save the future Earth from an extraterrestrial enemy. They must travel to a wide variety of points in space and time, acquiring items which can be used to solve puzzles elsewhere ...

Dale, Floyd D

(?   -    ) US author whose first work, A Hunter's Fire (1989), is a Post-Holocaust military-sf adventure, in which the USSR invades the USA; valiant guerrilla warfare ensues. [JC]

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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