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Montague, C E

(1867-1928) UK editor and journalist, with the Manchester Guardian from 1890 to 1925, a span only broken by active service in World War One; as an author he is of interest for his Future War Satire, Right Off the Map (1927), in which two Ruritanian republics, Porto and Ria, are pitted against one another at the behest of a profiteer, to little avail; ...

Dungeons of Dredmor

Videogame (2011). Gaslamp Games. Platforms: Win, Lin, Mac. / Dungeons of Dredmor is an indie Roguelike videogame in which the player fights the insurmountable obstacles of huge eyebrows and utter ineptness. Featuring much battling through dungeons with only a selected amount of skills, this is a deliberately silly game about choosing the right, or wrong skills in order to survive. / In Dungeons of Dredmor, ...

Silent Running

Film (1971). Universal. Directed by Douglas Trumbull. Written by Deric Washburn, Mike Cimino and Steve Bocho, from a story by Trumbull. Cast includes Bruce Dern. 90 minutes. Colour. / All plant life on Earth has been destroyed in the aftermath of a nuclear Holocaust; only vast orbiting Spaceships like Valley Forge, with its external hydroponic domes, still contain ...

Holloway, Michael

(1952-    ) US author whose Near Future novel, Empath (1993), treats the AIDS crisis in medical Technothriller terms; during the course of the tale, the cure finally becomes available. [JC]

Preuss, Paul

(1942-    ) US author who worked in film production for a decade before beginning to write popular-science articles. He began to publish sf with The Gates of Heaven (1980) which, with Re-Entry (1981), comprises a very loose sequence, its main linkage being the assumption that Black Holes may be used to travel through both space and time. The second volume in particular demonstrates considerable virtuosity in its ...

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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