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Tregarron, Yate

Pseudonym of UK playwright and author Hilda C Adshead (?1901-?1985). The Idle Fairy (1926 chap), under her own name, is a children's fantasy; as Tregarron, she is of sf interest for Murderers' Island (1925), a Near Future tale in which murderers are banished to a penal Island (see Crime and Punishment; Prisons). [JC]

Missile Command

Videogame (1980). Atari. Designed by Dave Theurer. Platforms: Arcade, Others. / Missile Command is a two-dimensional arcade game (see Videogames) in which the player must defend their home planet against endless waves of "Inter Planetary Ballistic Missiles". Players have a limited supply of anti-missile missiles with which to protect six cities from incoming warheads. Unusually for a combat-based arcade machine, Missile Command is purely defensive; there is no way to strike back at the ...

Pandorum

Film (2009). Constantin Film/Impact Pictures. Produced by Paul W S Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, directed by Christian Alvart. Written by Travis Milloy, based on a story by Alvart and Milloy. Cast includes Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid and Antje Traue. 103 minutes. Colour. / An unremarkable but effective entry into the canon of "monster in a tin can" space Horror films, as exemplified by Alien (1979). Bower (Foster) and Payton (Quaid), flight crew of the Elysium, wake from Suspended ...

Washburn, Mark

(1948-    ) US author of The Armageddon Game: A Novel of Suspense (1977), a Cold War tale whose protagonist manufactures an atom bomb, the threatened outcome, World War Two, being narrowly averted; this title should not be confused with the entirely nonfantastic The Armageddon Game (1985) by James N Frey. The Omega Threat (1980), is set in the very Near Future on a space shuttle (see Space Stations) under threat. [JC]

Stong, Phil

(1899-1957) US author and editor, author of the thrice-filmed State Fair (1932). His The Other Worlds (anth 1941; vt The Other Worlds: Twenty-five Modern Stories of Mystery and Imagination 1942) was the first important sf Anthology. Its twenty-five stories, about half sf and half horror, were mostly from the Pulp magazines, not previously regarded as a proper source of material (of sf at least) for respectable hardcover books. [PN]

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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