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Tiphaigne de la Roche, C F

(1729-1774) French author of some works of fantasy with Proto-SF elements, three of which were miscellaneously assembled as Amilec; Ou la graine d'hommes qui sert à peupler les planétes (1753; trans anon as Amilec; Or, the Seeds of Mankind 1753), Zamar, député à la Lune par Amilec ["Zamar, Delegated to the Moon by Amilec"] [for full subtitle see Checklist] (1754 2vols) and L'Empire des zaziris sure les humains; Ou, la zazirocratie ["The Empire of the Zaziris ...

FEAR: First Encounter Assault Recon

Videogame (2005). Monolith Productions (MP). Designed by Craig Hubbard. Platforms: Win (2005); XB360 (2006); PS3 (2007). / FEAR is a First Person Shooter which merges the psychological horror of the Japanese film Ring (1998) with the kinetic violence of John Woo's Hong Kong action film Hard Boiled (1992). The player character is a new recruit to FEAR, a secret US military unit tasked with responding to "paranormal" incidents. As in Half-Life (1998), the protagonist is silent; other ...


Film (1972). American International. Directed by George McCowan. Written by Robert Hutchison, Robert Blees. Cast includes Lynn Borden, Sam Elliott, Ray Milland and Joan van Ark. 90 minutes. Colour. / A cheerful exploitation movie, its director's debut and part of the 1970s Revenge-of-Nature boom (see Monster Movies), Frogs is a rather well made Ecological fable in which upper-crust layabouts living on a bayou are disposed of by frogs, spiders, leeches, snakes and snapping turtles (all ...

Frankowski, Leo A

(1943-2008) US author known principally for his Alternate-History series, the Adventures of Conrad Stargard: The Cross-Time Engineer (1986), The High-Tech Knight (1989) and The Radiant Warrior (1989), all three assembled as Conrad Stargard: The Radiant Warrior (omni 2004), plus The Flying Warlord (1989), Lord Conrad's Lady (1990) and Conrad's Quest for Rubber (1998), all three assembled as Conrad's Lady (omni 2005), plus Conrad's Time Machine (2002), a prequel to the series as a whole. The ...


US Comic-book series, created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics in 1963. Kirby drew the first 11 issues and Lee wrote the first 19. Not as immediately successful as Marvel's other properties, it had an initial 66-issue run, and then ran reprints until #93 (1974). A new team of X-Men was introduced in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (cover dated May 1975, released in February). The success of this issue led to a relaunch of the series with #94 later that year. Many highly regarded artists have ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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