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Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

VGA Planets

Videogame (1992). Designed by Tim Wissemann. Platforms: DOS, Win. / VGA Planets is a turn-based 4X Game of galactic domination displayed on a two-dimensional map, broadly similar to its near contemporary Master of Orion (1993). ("VGA" refers to a type of graphics hardware; its use in early versions made the game more visually appealing than some of its competitors.) After receiving mixed reviews on its initial release, VGA Planets became one of the earliest commercially successful ...

Athey, Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf novel, With Gyves of Gold: A Novel (1898) with A Herbert Bowers, both writers remaining untraced, though both may have been based in Missouri. A young man, experimented upon by a modestly Mad Scientist, develops the paranormal ability to travel by astral means to another planet, where he observes the operation of a Utopia in which small firms are protected by multi-national corporations (or trusts). The trip kills him. [JC]

Martini, Virgilio

(1903-1986) Italian author whose sf novel, Il monde senza donne: Romanzo (1936 as by Virgilio Letrusco; trans Emile Capouya as The World Without Women 1971), enjoyed (at least in hindsight) the honour of being banned by Mussolini. The tale depicts the experiences of the last woman on earth (see Feminism; Gender; Women in SF), after a homosexual plot to free the world of women almost succeeds; her understanding of what has happened, and of the sexual expectations (see Sex) of the male ...

Last Chase, The

Film (1981). Argosy Films/Canadian Film Development Corporation/Crown International Pictures. Produced by Martyn Burke and Fran Rosati. Directed by Burke. Screenplay by Burke, Ray Moore, and C R O'Christopher from an original story by O'Christopher. Cast includes Lee Majors, Chris Makepeace, Burgess Meredith and George Touliatos. 101 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in the relatively distant Near Future after a Pandemic has wiped out most of humanity and the world's petroleum reserves have been ...

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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