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Videogame (1984). Synapse Software. Designed by Robert Pinsky. Platforms: Atari8, C64, DOS (1984); AtariST (1985). / Written by the noted American poet Robert Pinsky, Mindwheel was originally marketed as an "Electronic Novel". In design terms, however, it is a text-based Adventure game, in which the player takes the role of a "Mind Adventurer". The premise is that the Adventurer's future society is on the verge of destroying itself through internal conflict, and in order to prevent anarchy ...

Kennard, Luke

(1981-    ) UK poet, critic, playwright and author, best known under the initial heading, his first poetry collection, The Solex Brothers (coll 2005 chap), being given an Eric Gregory Award, and his later work also conspicuously recognized. His poems tend to an acerbic surreality, with ghostlike figures occupying quasi-narrative niches, mockingly. Kennard is of sf interest for his first novel, The Transition (2017), set in a Dystopian Near Future London and elsewhere, a ...

Roszak, Theodore

(1933-2011) US historian – latterly professor emeritus of history at California State University – and author of several works of cultural criticism, most famously The Making of a Counter Culture (1969) and also including The Cult of Information (1986), which is highly sceptical about the contemporary boom in Information Theory. He began writing sf with Bugs (1981), in which a frightened child Telepath causes bugs to infiltrate Computer systems and thereafter to emerge – in ...

Eldred, Tim

(1965-    ) US illustrator and author of Graphic Novels whose Young Adult Space Opera, Grease Monkey (graph 2006), poses its young protagonist a series of practical problems as he comes to terms with his role as a low-ranking cadet mechanic drafted into humanity's fight back against the Alien assault which has decimated Earth's population. His main problems come from his need to relate to his boss on board the vast space artefact which houses the heart of Earth's response ...

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

Film (2001). Warner Brothers/Dreamworks/Amblin Entertainment. Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Steven Spielberg, based on a screen story by Ian Watson itself based on the story "Super-Toys Last All Summer Long" (December 1969 Harper's Bazaar) by Brian W Aldiss, with uncredited contributions from Stanley Kubrick. Cast includes Brendan Gleeson, William Hurt, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, Haley Joel Osment, Sam Robards, Jake Thomas and Robin Williams (voice). 146 minutes. Colour. / In ...

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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