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Front Mission

Videogame series (from 1999). Initially Square (SQ), later Square Enix (SE). Designed by Toshiro Tsuchida. / Front Mission is a series of Console Role Playing Games (see Computer Role Playing Games) which emphasize turn-based tactical combat and strong, often multilinear, plots (see Interactive Narrative). To date, only three members of the main series have been released outside Japan: Front Mission (1995 SQ, SNES, 2002 rev vt Front Mission 1st SE, WS; 2003 PS1; 2007 NDS, vt Front Mission ...

Czerneda, Julie E

(1955-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "First Contact" in First Contact (anth 1997) edited by Martin H Greenberg and Larry Segriff, First Contact being a theme of clear interest to her as it clearly shapes much of her work, either explicitly as in In the Company of Others (2001) or as an underlying template in the Web Shifters sequence (her second) which begins with Beholder's Eye (1998). / Throughout, the underlying Xenobiology ...

Gilbert, John

(1926-    ) US author whose sf novel, Aiki (1986), sets a gladiatorial martial-arts tale in twenty-first-century New York. [JC]

Phantom from 10,000 Leagues, The

Film (1955). Milner Brothers Productions, American Releasing Corporation (see American International Pictures). Produced by Jack Milner. Directed by Dan Milner. Written by Lou Rusoff from an original story by Dorys Lukather. Cast includes Rodney Bell, Cathy Downs, Norma Hanson (uncredited), Vivi Janiss, Phillip Pine, Helene Stanton, Kent Taylor and Michael Whalen. 80 minutes. Black and white. / Bodies are washing up on a (presumably) California beach, showing signs of exposure to intense ...

Hatch, Gerald

Pseudonym of US fan and author Dave Foley (1932-1963), whose sf novel, The Day the Earth Froze (1963), was one of a series published by Monarch Books on similar themes, including Charles L Fontenay's The Day the Oceans Overflowed (1964) and Christopher Anvil's The Day the Machines Stopped (1964). [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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