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Videogame series (1988). Infocom. / The Infocomics are a line of Comics which were sold as Videogames. Their plots are fully determined in advance, but at various points the reader can switch to a different character's view of the story; multiple readings are required to follow the entire plot. While their visual design and writing are generally unimpressive, the Infocomics are of ...

Senior, W A

(1953-    ) US academic, administratively involved with the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for many years, serving as President 1994-1998 and between 2002 and 2004; also involved as an organizer of the Association's annual conference, the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. As a critic, he is best known for Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Variations on the Fantasy Tradition ...

Stradling, Matthew

Pseudonym of Irish author Martin Francis Mahony (1831-1882), whose "Cheap John's" Auction: A Narrative in Three Parts (1871 chap) recasts the Battle of Dorking scenario, in allegorical form; the resulting tale treats defeated Britain without much sympathy. [JC]

Tea, Travis

1. An alternate Pseudonym of the unidentified sf author who wrote as Dustin Lasser. / 2. This joke "travesty" byline was independently used by a team of over thirty sf/fantasy authors and editors – including Michael Armstrong, Pierce Askegren, Andrew Burt, Adam-Troy ...

Helluva Boss

US animated webseries (2019-current). Spindle House. Created and directed by Vivienne Medrano. Written by Vivienne Medrano and Brandon Rogers. Voice cast includes Richard Horvitz, Erica Lindbeck, Vivian Nixon, Bryce Pinkham and Brandon Rogers. Eight 11- to 22-minute episodes (including the pilot). Colour. / Imps (see Supernatural Creatures) are on the lower rungs of society in Hell (see Eschatology); however ...

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 ...

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