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Videogame (2004). K-D Lab (KDL). Designed by Andrey Kuzmin, Yulia Shaposhnikova, Michail Piskounov. Platforms: Win. / Perimeter is a Real Time Strategy game, set in a sequence of sub-worlds located in a region known as the Psychosphere (or, in a less felicitous translation from the original Russian, the Sponge). The Psychosphere is a separate layer of reality, one in which human fears and dreams become manifest, shaping the physical environment. Humans entered these worlds with the ...

Sinclair, David

(?   -    ) US author of a Young Adult Space Opera, The Gilead Bomb (1963), apparently intended to launch a series to be known as "Ace Astro and the Star Rovers"; Ace and the lads have adventures on the Moon. No further volumes appeared. [JC]

Dos Cosmonautas a la Fuerza

["Two Cosmonauts by Force"] Film (1965; vt 002 Operazione Luna). IMA Productions. Directed by Lucio Fulci. Written by José Luis Dibildos, Vittorio Metz, and Amedeo Sollazzo, based on a story by Vittorio Metz and Amedeo Sollazzo. Cast includes Enzo Andronico, Chiro Bermejo, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Ignazio Leone, Mónica Randall, Emilio Rodriguez, Elena Sedlak, María Silva and Linda Sini. 90 minutes. Black and white. / After two Russian cosmonauts, Colonel ...

Under the Sea

The world under the sea is an alien environment still in the process of being explored. John Wilkins, in Mathematicall Magick (1648), offered speculative designs for submarines and discussed the possibility of underwater colonization; already, in about 1620, Cornelius Van Drebbell (1572-1633) had successfully navigated a submarine rowing-boat in the Thames, and before the end of the century another would-be submariner had perished in Plymouth Sound. David Bushnell (1740-1824) built a submarine ...

Wilding, Philip

(1913-1971) UK author born Philip Wilding Wiggins but known by the shorter version of his name since before World War Two. He published in various genres, including Westerns as by Jefferson Fraser; his two routine sf adventures under his own name are Spaceflight – Venus (1955), in which a crew undertakes for the first time Space Flight to Venus, where an Alien civilization is found, and where Jesus, on his appearance there, had been welcomed (see Religion); and Shadow Over the Earth ...

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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