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Alternate Reality Game

Term used to describe a type of Videogame which shares much with the fictional Godgames described in such works as Robert Shea's and Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminatus! trilogy and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (1966). There is a notable resemblance between many examples of the form and the (perhaps ...

Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters

Japanese film (1968). Original title Yōkai Hyaku Monogatari. Daiei Film. Directed by Kimiyoshi Yasuda. Written by Tetsurō Yoshida. Cast includes Jun Fujimaki, Ryûtarô Gomi and Takashi Kanda. 80 minutes. Colour. / During the Edo period of Japan, landowner Mr Tajimaya (Kanda), working for the magistrate Lord Uzen of Hotta (Gomi), buys a local village's shrine. He plans to tear it down and build a brothel in its place; the caretaker ...

Wiggins, Bethany

(1976-    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Shifting (2011), submits its young Shapeshifter protagonist to life in a New Mexico foster home where Navajo Skinwalkers sense her gift. The young protagonist of her first series, the Stung sequence comprising Stung (2013) and Cured (2014), awakens from something like ...

Sinclair, Iain

(1943-    ) UK bookseller (retired), poet and author whose fiction is better described as Fantastika than as sf proper, just as the work of his main American mentor, William S Burroughs can be so designated. Studies and mythopoetic explorations of London, comprising a large body of fiction and nonfiction, have provided Sinclair with a central focus from the beginning of his ...

Identity Transfer

Transfer of the personality or Identity from one body to another is a popular sf theme, whether justified by Cartesian dualism (positing an immaterial personality or soul capable of existing independently of the body) or by the Computer analogy in which the mind is software running on the body's hardware or wetware. The protagonist of A E van Vogt's The World of Ā (August-October 1945 ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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