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Gears of War

Videogame (2006). Epic Games (EG). Designed by Cliff Bleszinski. Platforms: XB360 (2006); Win (2007). / Gears of War is a squad-based Third Person Shooter which shares much with the same developers' earlier First Person Shooter Unreal (1998). The setting is an interstellar colony planet, ravaged by subterranean Aliens known as the "Locust Horde" and defended by the titular human soldiers. The tone is that of the more Clichéd kind of Military SF; Gears features orbital laser weapons ...

Gresswell, Elise Kay

Working name of Elizabeth Gresswell (1877-1944), née Kay, UK author whose Near Future Scientific Romance, When Yvonne Was Dictator (1935), concerns the election of the eighteen-year-old Yvonne initially as prime minister of the UK at a time of Economic disaster, and then, because of the power of her personality, as dictator (see Politics). In order to stem the mass suicide of those without work, she establishes a socialist regime where Overpopulation is controlled by criminalizing ...

Grove, William

(?   -?   ) UK author of whom nothing is known except that he was the author of A Mexican Mystery (1888) and its sequel, The Wreck of a World (1889). In the first volume, a brilliant Mexican engineer, descended from Montezuma, designs a self-feeding locomotive which, after his death, turns into a kind of Frankenstein Monster: malign; essentially indestructible; worshipped by savages in the deep mountains. (Hints that it/He is a kind of avenging spirit of the ...

Clones, The

Film (1973; vt Dead Man Running). Filmmakers International/New World Pictures. Produced by Paul Hunt. Directed by Lamar Card and Hunt. Written by Steve Fisher from an original story by Card and Hunt. Cast includes Stanley Adams, Michael Greene, Susan Hunt and Gregory Sierra. 95 minutes. Colour. / Nuclear physicist Dr Gerald Appleby (Greene) discovers to his horror that an exact duplicate of himself has been attending his workplace and seeing his girlfriend Penny (Hunt). He has been Cloned ...

Wagner, Z M

(?   -    ) US author of an sf Satire, One Nation Under George (2005), set in a very Near Future America (2004-2008) responding, under the leadership of George W Bush, to the post 9/11 world in terms of a (to outsiders) surreal exceptionalism. As with most satires of American Politics, reality outstripped the jokes. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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