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Tillyard, Aelfrida

(1883-1959) UK religious thinker, medium, activist and author who began publishing as early as 1905, but who first gained attention for editing Cambridge Poets 1910-1913: An Anthology (anth 1913); she published mostly under her own name, though some work was released as by Mrs Constantine Graham. She is now probably best remembered for her two 1930s Scientific Romances (others, written in the 1950s, remain unpublished). Set after a series of Holocausts, Concrete: A Story of Two Hundred Years ...


Videogame (1986). Infocom. Designed by Brian Moriarty. Platforms: Amiga, AppleII, AtariST, C128, DOS, Mac. / Trinity is a text Adventure that combines elements of magic realism, children's fantasy and science fiction, notably Time Travel with an overriding concern with nuclear weapons. The player begins the game as an American tourist in London, where reality seems subtly out of joint. A further breakdown in normality is announced by the appearance of an incoming Soviet nuclear missile, at ...

Fantastic Four

Film (2005). Twentieth Century Fox/Constantin Film/Marvel Enterprises. Directed by Tim Story. Written by Mark Frost, Michael France, based on the Marvel Comic by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Cast includes Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Julian McMahon. 105 minutes. Colour. / While aboard a Space Station, five astronauts are caught in a cosmic storm that bombards them with radiation (see Rays). Upon their return to earth, they develop Superpowers: the ability to ...

Rouch, James

Possible pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of the Zone sequence of Military SF adventures set well into World War Three, beginning with The Zone #1: Hard Target (1980) and ending with The Zone #10: Death March (2007 ebook). In a radioactive strip of German territory known as the Zone, an elite combat unit tries to survive. [JC]

Gothic SF

In current usage a "Gothic" is a romantic novel with a strong element of the mysterious or the supernatural which usually features the persecution of a woman in an isolated locale; but this restricted and specialized use of the word, and the marketing category associated with it, have little to do with most sf. The term "Gothic" entered the English language as a descriptive term for a particular kind of story with the publication of The Castle of Otranto: A Gothic Story (1764) by Horace Walpole ...

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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