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Videogame (1988). Magnetic Scrolls (MS). Designed by Pete Kemp, John Molloy, Phil South, Robert Steggles. Platforms: Amiga, AtariST, C64, DOS (1988); Spectrum (1989). / Fish! is a surreal text Adventure (with static illustrations) in which the player adopts the role of an inter-dimensional secret agent. This hero is something of a serial body snatcher, travelling between Parallel Worlds by possessing the bodies of their inhabitants (see Identity Transfer). As the game begins, the main ...

Hyde, Mark Powell

(1881-1952) US author in whose Young Adult novel, The Strange Inventor: A Curious Adventure Story (1927), Merlin Time Travels incognito to the twentieth century, where he meets the young protagonist, and amazes him with the engineless car (another of his Inventions) in which he carries him away. The two visit the future, where adventures are had, and the past, ditto. Merlin himself is a distant precursor of the Mad Scientist in the Back to the Future films. [JC]

Noto, Cosimo

(circa 1871-?   ) Italian physician and author, in the US from about 1898 and practicing as a doctor in New Orleans from 1899, alive in 1914; his Utopia, The Ideal City (1903), carries a doctor and his interlocutor from the present-day city to the New Orleans of 1953, which has been transformed on socialist lines deeply influenced by the work of Edward Bellamy. The heart of the book comprises visits to parts of the city most likely to demonstrate the virtues of improved Medicine ...

Mitchison, Naomi

(1897-1999) Scottish author, short-story writer, cattle breeder and polemicist, sister of J B S Haldane, who married G R "Dick" Mitchison just before his return to the front; her World War One service, as an auxiliary nurse, included caring for him in a French hospital; known mainly for her work outside the sf field. Her bibliography [see links below] includes over 100 books and over 1000 shorter pieces – beginning with the privately printed nonfantastic play Saunes Bairos: A Study in ...

Lyon, Richard K

(1933-2008) US physicist, engineer and author who began to publish work of genre interest with the spoofish Lost World spy adventure "The City of Ul Chalan" for Analog in July 1973. His first novel was The Demon in the Mirror (1978) with Andrew J Offutt, opening the collaborative Fantasy trilogy War of the Wizards. Also with Offutt, Lyon published several short fantasy tales and the sf serial "Rails Across the Galaxy" (August, September and Mid-September 1982 Analog), in which energy-starved ...

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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