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Mephisto Waltz, The

Film (1971). 20th Century Fox. Directed by Paul Wendkos. Written by Ben Maddow from the novel The Mephisto Waltz (1969) by Fred Mustard Stewart. Cast includes Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Pamelyn Ferdin, Curt Jürgens, Barbara Parkins and Kathleen Widdoes. 115 minutes. Colour. / A woman uses Magic to inhabit the body of a rival after a similar Identity Transfer is performed on her husband by Satanists. / The Mephisto Waltz eschews the traditional approach to a story of the ...


Videogame (1998). Activision. Platforms: Win; rev vt Battlezone: Rise of the Black Dogs, N64 (2000); Amiga (2001). / Battlezone is an innovative Real Time Strategy game, inspired by the largely unrelated arcade tank combat game Battlezone (1980 Atari, Arcade, Others) designed by Ed Rotberg. Its gameplay uses a three-dimensional first person view to combine the physical urgency of an action game with the flexible thinking required in an RTS. Players pilot "hovertanks" in real time while ...

Leonard, Lawrence

(1923-2001) UK cellist, conductor, composer and author whose Young Adult tale, The Horn of Mortal Danger (1980), is set primarily Underground beneath London, where an ancient race, distinguishable from surface humans mostly by their small stature, has flourished for many centuries by carefully imitating life on the surface. From about 1800 these Undergrounders, who now think of their world as the North London System, have shaped their lives and habitations around two conflicting but interwoven ...

Reida, Alvah

(1920-1975) US author whose sf novel, Fault Lines (1972) – not to be confused with Kate Wilhelm's later novel of the same title – deals apocalyptically with the Disasters that afflict America of a San Andreas Fault earthquake caused, at least in part, by an unwary use of thermonuclear devices. [JC]

Kheir, Mohamed

(1977-    ) Egyptian journalist and author whose fourth novel, Eflat Al Asabea (2018; trans Robin Moger as Slipping 2021), sophisticatedly represents a Fantastic Voyage through the riches and detritus of post 2011 Egypt via fluent weddings of the topoi of world-Fantastika: dream visions; palimpsests that create edifices of the past and the present and the future; nightmares of bureaucracy wrought to its most ludicrous; glimpses of "traditional" sf modes transacting with the ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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