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Chappell, George S

(1877-1946) US architect and author, author of some Broadway musicals, well known in the 1920s as a humorist. Most of his work of genre interest was written as by Walter E Traprock; he also published essays on architectural subjects as by Tsquare. As Traprock, he is best known for the Kawa sequence of spoof travelogues beginning with The Cruise of the Kawa: Wanderings in the South Seas (1921) as by Walter E Traprock, and other similar titles. Through the Alimentary Canal with Gun and Camera: A ...

Wreck-It Ralph

Animated film (2012). Walt Disney Animation Studios (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Rich Moore. Written by Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee, based on a story by Moore, Johnston and Jim Reardon. Cast includes John C Reilly and Sarah Silverman. 108 minutes. Colour. / Thirty years after Tron (1982) took us inside the secret Virtual Reality world of a single Computer, Wreck-It Ralph takes us inside a whole arcade. It is a film for the post-Tron generation who grew up on Videogames and, ...

Independence War: The Starship Simulator

Videogame (1997). Particle Systems (PS). Designed by Glyn Williams, Michael Powell. Platforms: Win. / Independence War is a combat-oriented Space Sim, with views displayed in real time using three-dimensional graphics. It is remarkable both for its use of accurate Newtonian Physics and for the fact that the player's ship is a corvette with a crew of four, rather than the more conventional single pilot starfighter. The game's multilinear plot (see Interactive Narrative) occurs during a war ...

Whaley, John Corey

(1984-    ) US author of Young Adult fiction; his impressive first novel, Where Things Come Back (2011), is nonfantastic. But his second, Noggin (2014), depicts the Near Future surgical removal of its teenage protagonist's head (see Brain in a Box) after he has died of leukaemia, and Cryogenically stored for several years until medical Technology has sufficiently advanced for his brain to be attached to a donor body. His return to high school is troubled, as he is a boy in a ...

Phillips, Donald G

(?   -    ) US author of a Tie for the Battletech Wargame universe, Battletech: Star Lord (1996). [JC]

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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