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Topol, Allan

(1941-    ) US lawyer and author, usually of nonfantastic (though occasionally implausible) political thrillers; of sf interest is The Fourth of July War (1978), a Near Future tale in which America, threatened by attempts by OPEC to jump up the price of oil (again), mounts a successful Invasion of the Middle East, and saves cheap oil for the world. [JC]

Trust and Betrayal: The Legacy of Siboot

Videogame (1987). Designed by Chris Crawford. Platforms: Mac. / Siboot is a rare example of an attempt to make use of emergent narrative techniques in a Videogame (see Interactive Narrative). The player takes the part of an Alien religious acolyte competing against a number of other ...

Widney, Stanley

(?   -    ) US author of a spoofish Young Adult sf adventure, Elevator to the Moon (1955), in which an elevator boy named Willy Ploop is accidentally lifted to the Moon, which turns out to be verdant. [JC]

Taylor, John Edwin

(1883-1916) US author whose Cy Hains's Sermo-Phone and Other Stories (coll 1909 chap) contains some stories involving Inventions, which although spoofed do exist within an sf frame. [JC]

Cinefex

US Cinema perfect-bound 8 x 9 in magazine printed on slick paper in similar format to a trade paperback. Published by Don Shay/Cinefex LLC. Editors John Duncan, others. 1980-current. Quarterly. / Cinefex grew largely out of publisher Shay's love for the films and visual effects work of Willis H O'Brien and over the years has remained a cornerstone magazine for those interested in state-of-the-art cinematic effects. It ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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