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Medusa Touch, The

Film (1977; US 1978). ITC Entertainment UK/Warner Brothers Pictures US. Produced by Anne V Coates and Jack Gold. Directed by Gold. Written by John Briley based on the novel The Medusa Touch (1973) by Peter Van Greenaway. Special effects supervisor: Brian Johnson. Cast includes Harry Andrews, Richard Burton, Gordon Jackson, Lee Remick and Lino Ventura. 105 minutes. Colour. / Novelist John Morlar (Burton) is almost murdered ...

Climate Change

Owing to the increasing scientific consensus that our energy-intensive technological civilization is measurably and in all likelihood irreversibly affecting Earth's climate, consideration of climate change has become virtually inevitable in serious Near Future sf of the twenty-first century; several hundred individual entries in this encyclopedia (see About This Entry) refer to Climate Change. Fiction centred on climate change is occasionally referred to ...

McKenzie, John

(?   -    ) UK author of a Near Future novel, City Whitelight (1986), in which the Cities of the world have become targeted by Disasters of all sorts, from social breakdown to Pandemic; the Cyberpunk tone of the book conveys a sense that there will be no easy outcome for humanity. [JC]

Third Person Shooter

Term used to describe a form of Videogame which, like the First Person Shooter, focuses on physically demanding, fast paced, often violent gameplay displayed in three dimensions. Unlike that form, however, in a Third Person Shooter the player character is seen in an external (third person) view. This perspective may make the experience of playing the game less intense than in an FPS, ...

Carr, Charles

Pseudonym of Sydney Charles Mason (1901-1985), a prolific UK author – primarily of Westerns under a variety of names including Colt Henderson and John Langley. His two Bel novels, Colonists of Space (1954) and its sequel Salamander War (1955), routinely deal with colonizing humans and their conflicts with the original salamander inhabitants of the planet Bel (see ...

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 ...

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