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Identity

"Who am I?" "Am I who I think I am?" The unease inherent in such ancient philosophical queries has been exploited by sf authors in very many ways, ranging from melodramatic banality to genuinely subtle questioning of the nature of our sense of selfhood. Identity is lost or confused, usually temporarily, in Amnesia scenarios. It is juggled in stories of Identity Exchange and Identity Transfer, and eroded or sometimes enhanced by Memory Edits. Its uniqueness is threatened in a variety of ...

Nickle, David

(1964-    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Killing Way" (Spring 1992 On Spec); his Near Future first novel, The Claus Effect (fixup 1997) with Karl Schroeder, was published with a connected novelette, "The Toy Mill" (in Tesseracts4, anth 1992, ed Michael Skeet and Lorna Toolis); a diseased entity called Santa Claus [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] discovers that the way to generate apocalypse is to give human children ...

Blackwood, Gary L

(1945-    ) US author, mostly for Young Adult readers, relatively little being of genre interest, tales like The Lion and the Unicorn (1982) – in which marginal fantasy elements attend hints that the Robin Hood story cycle is being evoked – being typical; but The Dying Sun (1989), though its guess that North America will have suffered an Ice Age by 2050 seems unlikely in the first decade of the twenty-first century, intriguingly posits a wilderness America, many ...

Kingdom of the Spiders

Film (1977). Arachnid Productions/Dimension. Directed by John "Bud" Cardos. Written by Richard Robinson, Alan Caillou, from a story by Jeffrey M Sneller, Stephen Lodge. Cast includes Tiffany Bolling, William Shatner and Woody Strode. 95 minutes, cut to 90 minutes. Colour. / In its modest way, this is one of the better films in the revenge-of-Nature cycle (see Monster Movies). Near a small town in Arizona, tarantulas whose Ecology has undergone changes because of crop-dusting sprays are ...

Barnett, David

(1970-    ) UK journalist and author, some of whose early work is horror, beginning with Hinterland (2005), in which the badland borders of semi-rural quasi-suburban England are Crosshatched with a land which seems simultaneously to resemble Faerie [for Crosshatch and Faerie see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and Hell. Angelglass (2007) more ambitiously interweaves two tales set in Prague in different eras, the only immediate link being a mysterious wanderer ...

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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