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Funkadelic

George Clinton's musical collective. Some consider it ineligible to consider Funkadelic as separate from Parliament, Clinton's other famous band, although the origins of the two are separate (Funkadelic was originally the backing group for "the Parliaments", as Parliament were originally called). Legal difficulties led to Parliament becoming subsumed entirely within Funkadelic by 1968, although these difficulties were cleared away by the early 1970s and Parliament released independently ...

Marsport

Videogame (1985). Gargoyle Games (GG). Designed by Roy Carter, Greg Follis. Platforms: Amstrad, Spectrum. / Marsport is an "arcade adventure" (see Exile), a precursor to the action Adventure form that flourished largely in the UK during the 1980s. While it was well regarded at the time of its original release – as was its better known predecessor, the Celtic fantasy game Tir Na Nog (1984 GG, Spectrum; 1985 C64; 1986 Amstrad) designed by Roy Carter, Greg Follis – the game now ...

Cross, John Keir

(1914-1967) Scottish editor and author, beginning with Radio scripts for the BBC from before World War Two, his best known series, which he edited and contributed to, being the radio Horror anthology show The Man in Black (8 episodes 1949 BBC), for which he adapted stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Robert Louis Stevenson and others. His Television adaptations included John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes (28 April 1954 BBC). Some of his books for younger children, written as Stephen MacFarlane, ...

Williams, Heathcote

(1941-2017) UK poet, playwright, actor, political activist and author, initially notable in sf circles for his connections with the 1960s British New Wave, though he did not contribute material to its typical outlets; most of his work was, in fact, technically nonfantastic, though his plays – like his most famous, AC/DC (first performed Royal Court Theatre, London, 1970; in Gambit International Theatre Review, coll 1971) – were often so flamboyantly transgressive that they could be ...

Laser Squad

Videogame (1988). Target Games (TG). Designed by Julian Gollop. Platforms: C64, Spectrum (1988); Amiga, Amstrad, AtariST (1989); DOS (1992). / Laser Squad is a turn-based Computer Wargame with a two-dimensional overhead view whose subject is combat between small groups of soldiers on the surfaces of alien worlds. Its game mechanics greatly resemble those of squad level Wargames such as Starsoldier (1977) (see Starforce: Alpha Centauri), adapted for a Videogame. Many early Computer Wargames ...

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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