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Stalker: Shadow of Chernobyl

Videogame (2007). GSC Game World (GSC). Platforms: Win. / STALKER is a First Person Shooter, much influenced by both Arkady and Boris Strugatski's novel Roadside Picnic (1972; trans 1977) and the Andrei Tarkovsky film Stalker (1979) that was loosely based on the book. While Roadside Picnic locates its enigmatic Zone in Canada, and Stalker places its equivalent in a desolate, unidentified landscape, the game identifies it with the 30 kilometre radius Exclusion Zone put in place around the ...

Wagner, Erin K

(?   -    ) US academic and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "To See If It Is Possible" in Tales of the Talisman #10 for 17 December 2014. The Green and Growing (2019 chap), a densely constructed novella with Planetary Romance intonations, follows the life of the daughter of the ruler of a planet that has successfully defeated the people of an adjoining world. She is formally exchanged with an opposing figure, and finds that the planet ...


Digest-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on slick paper. Publisher: George Stover. Editor: John E Parnum. Seven issues 1979 to 1988; no publication schedule listed, although issues were given quarterly cover dates. / This high-quality Semiprozine was an unofficial continuation of Stover's Fanzine Black Oracle, of which ten issues appeared from 1969 to 1979. Cinemacabre contained in-depth articles on film plus occasional items on books and Music. Films covered included Alien ...

Piller, Emanuel S

(1907-1985) US author, US editor, journalist and author, with Leonard Engel, of one of the very first Cold War Future War novels, The World Aflame: The Russian-American War of 1950 (1947), in which America's control of the air – and use of that preponderance in a nuclear first strike – proves insufficient to crush Russia, nor does a subsequent use of Poison gas turn the tide; as World War Three intensifies the Russians soon attack mainland America with nuclear bombs delivered by ...

Smith, James V, Jr

(?   -    ) US author of horror novels with background Horror in SF hints of explanatory structures. The Beast sequence beginning with Beastmaker (1988) features a Monster created by (it may be) a Mad Scientist, or erroneously. The Lurker (1988) features a similar creatures, as does Almost Human (1990), which is set in the desert. [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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