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Harrison, Craig

(1942-    ) UK-born playwright and author, in New Zealand from 1966, whose work embodies consistently anti-racist themes. The material initially expounded in the play Tomorrow Will Be a Lovely Day (performed 1974; 1975) is developed in Broken October: New Zealand, 1985 (1976), which depicts an authoritarian Dystopia, with Maoris able to travel only when issued with passes; the American government colludes with the New Zealand authorities to retain access to military rights. ...

Higgins, Peter

(?   -    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Original Word for Rain" in Zahir for Spring 2006, a fantasy. Of some sf interest is Wolfhound Century (2013), a Near Future Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] which begins the projected Vissarion Lom sequence. Lom, a noirish police inspector, travels to his country's capital – which is much like Moscow – in order to track down insurgents. He ...

Extro

Northern Irish SF Magazine, Slick A4 format. Published bimonthly by Specifi Publications. Edited by Paul Campbell (?   -2021), with David Langford billed as nonfiction editor from #2. Three issues, dated February/March, April/May and July/August 1982. / During its brief slick-format existence Extro published fiction by Brian W Aldiss, Richard Cowper, Garry Kilworth, Christopher Priest, Bob Shaw, John T Sladek, Ian Watson, James White and others, along with interviews, essays ...

Psychology

The science of the mind is sufficiently different from the physical sciences for its discoveries and hypotheses to set very different problems and offer very different opportunities to the writer of speculative fiction. Psychology still carries a considerable burden of pseudoscientific conjecture even if one sets aside its close and problematic relationship with parapsychology (see ESP; Psi Powers); a case in point may be Psychoanalysis and the Occult (anth 1953) edited by George Devereux ...

Maniac Mansion

Videogame (1987). Lucasfilm Games. Designed by Ron Gilbert, Gary Winnick. Platforms: AppleII, C64, DOS (1987); Amiga, AtariST, NES (1988). / Maniac Mansion is a graphical Adventure game which parodies 1950s sf B-movies in a not dissimilar manner to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. It introduced several innovations to Adventure design, including a choice of playable characters and the combination of a simple verb- and noun-based point-and-click interface with animated characters. The game ...

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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