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Suspended: A Cryogenic Nightmare

Videogame (1983). Infocom. Designed by Michael Berlyn. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8, C64, DOS, PCBoot, TRS80 (1983); Mac (1984); AtariST (1985); Amiga, Amstrad (1986). / The player character in the text Adventure game Suspended is a native of an offworld colony who has been selected by lottery to spend 500 years in Cryogenic Suspended Animation. While the character is frozen in an underground complex, their subconscious mind is used to keep the colony's vital systems functioning. Suspended ...

Robinson, Eleanor

(?   -?1988) US author in whose first novel, Chrysalis of Death (1976), a disastrous primordial germ changes people into beasts (see Devolution). A brave doctor fights the menace; there is soap opera and Sex. The Silverleaf Syndrome (1980; vt The Freak 1985) was a less noticeable incursion into similar territory, in which Biology is horrid (see Horror in SF). [JC]

Lewis, C S

(1898-1963) UK author and critic, born in Belfast; he saw active service in the trenches during World War One; he was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1925-1954, and finally Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge. His very early works – Dymer (1926 chap) as by Clive Hamilton, a highly metaphysical Utopian fantasy couched as a book-length narrative poem – came before his conversion to Christianity. Most of his later writing, whether directly or indirectly, ...

Davis, Margaret

(1951-    ) US author of the Mind sequence of Space Operas comprising Mind Light (1993) and Minds Apart (1994), in which a family of interstellar traders interacts with governments, other traders and Aliens. [JC]

Monsters and Heroes

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Seven issues, 1967 to 1970, from M & H Publications. Editor and publisher: Larry Ivie (?1936-2014). Publication schedule was nominally bi-monthly, but in fact very erratic. / A high-quality magazine which also covered Comics and featured considerable material on Edgar Rice Burroughs, it was largely written and illustrated by Ivie himself; he painted the covers for all seven issues. Of particular interest to ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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