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Neil, John

(?   -?   ) UK author of at least two sf novels, each published obscurely: The Eye of the Gods (1933 chap); and The Man of Mystery (1934), featuring a surgeon, blinded in World War One, who evolves his "pineal" eye with the idea of beginning a three-eyed race of Supermen. [JC]

Ellsworth, Spencer

(?   -    ) US teacher and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Mount Rainier Considers its Mental Health" in Brain Harvest for 9 December 2009. He is of sf interest primarily for the Starfire sequence beginning with Starfire: A Red Peace (2017) being Space Opera set in a riven Galactic Empire; its protagonist finds an ancient artefact (see Time Abyss) that may save Homo sapiens throughout its habitats. The Dark Zone where the artefact ...

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The [game]

Videogame (1984). Infocom. Designed by Douglas Adams, Steve Meretzky. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8, C64, DOS, Mac (1984); AtariST (1985); Amiga, Amstrad (1986). / Hitchhiker is a text-based Adventure game, a variation on the theme established in the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show, television series and books. While the game starts in a similar manner to the radio series, it rapidly veers off along its own unexpected tangents. Hitchhiker is remarkable for including some of the ...

Sidewise Award

These annual awards for Alternate History fiction were conceived in 1995 by Evelyn C Leeper, Robert B Schmunk and Steven H Silver, and have since been presented annually in two categories, Long Form for works of more than 60,000 words and Short Form for works (including poems) of less than 60,000 words. The awards' name is a homage to Murray Leinster's short Timeslip/Parallel Worlds story "Sidewise in Time" (June 1934 Astounding). / The winners below are listed by their year of eligibility, ...

Bechtel, Greg

(1971-    ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Black Magic" in Challenging Destiny for March 1998; he has to date published only short fiction, the best of which was assembled as Boundary Problems (coll 2014). The title of this collection nicely expresses an essential component in the tales: a transgressively Equipoisal approach to the fractal convolutions of twenty-first century Fantastika. Hard SF tropes are shot through with Magic; reality ...

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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