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Heine, William C

(1919-1991) Canadian journalist, editor-in-chief 1967-1984 of The London Free Press (London, Ontario), and author in whose Near-Future novel The Last Canadian (1974; vt Death Wind 1976; vt The Last American 1986) the survivor of a devastating Pandemic flees northwards into ice and snow; it was later filmed, under yet another title, as The Patriot (1998). [JC]

Tyler, Theodore

Pseudonym of US author Edward William Ziegler (1930-1993) for The Man Whose Name Wouldn't Fit; Or, the Case of Cartwright-Chickering (1968), a Satire set in a Near Future Dystopia; the action revolves around a Computers inability to process the protagonist's full name, Arthur Duane Cartwright-Chickering, causing him to be fired. [JC]

Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare

Videogame (1983). Infocom. Designed by Michael Berlyn. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8, C64, DOS, PCBoot, TRS80 (1983); Mac (1984); AtariST (1985); Amiga, Amstrad (1986). / The player character in the text Adventure game Suspended is a native of an offworld colony who has been selected by lottery to spend 500 years in Cryogenic Suspended Animation. While the character is frozen in an underground complex, their subconscious mind is used to keep the colony's vital systems functioning. Suspended ...

Zubrin, Robert

(1952-    ) US aerospace engineer and author who in his nonfiction has been a strong advocate of the exploration and exploitation of Mars, as articulated in The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (1996; rev 2011) with Richard Wagner and other texts, all advocating the "Mars Direct" programme, which describes the use of available Technology to move toward the ultimate goal of settlement. His first sf novel, First Landing (2002), fictionalizes ...

Superman III

Film (1983). Dovemead/Cantharus/Alexander and Ilya Salkind. Directed by Richard Lester. Written by David Newman, Leslie Newman. Cast includes Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Pamela Stephenson and Robert Vaughn. 125 minutes. Colour. / Sequel to Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980), this is a movie on a more domestic scale, involving Clark Kent returning to the Midwest for a high-school reunion, where he (as opposed to his colourful alter ego) ...

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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