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Anderson, Timothy J

(1958-    ) Canadian editor, playwright and author, married to Candas Jane Dorsey; he is a member of Books Collective in Edmonton, Alberta, which publishes Tesseract Books, one of the central publishers of Canadian sf (see Canada, English). His first sf novel, Resisting Adonis (2001), is an erotic thriller (see Sex). [JC]

Space Camp

Film (1986). ABC. Directed by Harry Winer. Written by W W Wicket, Casey T Mitchell, from a story by Patrick Bailey, Larry B Williams. Cast includes Kate Capshaw, Tate Donovan, Leaf Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Larry B Scott, Tom Skerritt and Lea Thompson. 108 minutes. Colour. / At a NASA-sponsored summer space camp, a Space Flight simulation in a space shuttle becomes the real thing after the intervention of a well-meaning Robot, and four teenagers and a small boy have to replenish their oxygen ...

Leahy, John Martin

(1886-1967) American author and artist, apparently active only during the 1920s; except for his publications, little is known about his life except that he lived in the state of Washington. His longer works are one serialized sf novel that appeared in Science and Invention, "The Living Death" (October 1924-June 1925 Science and Invention), and two serialized novels, heavily influenced by H Rider Haggard, that were published in Weird Tales: "Draconda" (November 1923-May/June/July 1924 Weird ...

Thomas, Frances

(1943-    ) UK author most of whose fiction has been for the Young Adult market, usually fantasy, beginning with "In Flanders Fields" in The Fourteenth Armada Ghost Book (anth 1982) edited by Mary Danby. The young protagonist of Cityscape (1988) travels through a portal to a moderately Near Future Dystopia, a world where books are banned, and through her literacy aids in a successful rebellion, whose leader she fancies: but he proves just as corrupt as his predecessors. ...


Videogame (2001). Ion Storm. Designed by Tom Hall. Platforms: Win. / Anachronox is a Computer Role Playing Game played in a third person three-dimensional perspective, strongly influenced by such Japanese games as Chrono Trigger (1995). The gameplay combines exploration, combat, puzzles and conversation in a similar way to that of its models, including the use of a partially turn-based combat system and the game's broadly linear plot (see Interactive Narrative). In the future of Anachronox, ...

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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