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Battle for the Planet of the Apes

Film (1973). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Director J Lee Thompson. Written by John William Corrington, Joyce Hooper Corrington, based on a story by Paul Dehn. Cast includes Claude Akins, Lew Ayres, John Huston, Roddy McDowall and Natalie Trundy. USA 93 minutes, UK 86 minutes. Colour. / The fifth and last of the series beginning with Planet of the Apes (to which this is a "prequel") and the most disappointing. Established in their own Ape City after the near destruction of mankind in World ...

Xenoblade Chronicles

Videogame (2011; vt Xenoblade in Japan). Monolith Soft. Designed by Tetsuya Takahashi, Koh Kojima. Platforms: Wii. / Xenoblade Chronicles is a Console Role Playing Game (see Computer Role Playing Games), much influenced by the Final Fantasy series and (especially) by one of its designer's previous works, Xenogears (1998). The game begins with a depiction of a battle between two gods at the dawn of time, before allowing the player to participate in a much later war between the intelligent ...

Effinger, George Alec

(1947-2002) US author long resident in New Orleans, where he died before the flood; he was married (1998-2000) to Barbara Hambly, with whom he remained close. He entered sf writing via the 1970 Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, having three stories in the workshop's first anthology, Clarion (anth 1971), edited by Robin Scott Wilson, though his first published story was "The Eight Thirty to Nine Slot" for Fantastic in April 1971. Some early work was written as by John K Diomede or Susan ...

Andrews, Donna

(1952-    ) US author, mostly of mysteries, whose Turing Hopper sequence – comprising You've Got Murder (2002), Click Here for Murder (2003) and Access Denied (2004) – features an Artificial Intelligence Personality, an AI in a mainframe Computer who begins "her" career in detection after her maker Zack goes missing. The stories are competently though sentimentally told. [JC]

Phelon, W P

(1834-1904) UK-born author, in the US from early manhood, who focused on occult themes, most of his fiction being Occult Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and not listed here; Three Sevens: A Story of Ancient Initiations (1889) with Mira M Phelon is an occult treatise in fictional form. Of some sf interest is Our Story of Atlantis: Written Down for the Hermetic Brotherhood (1903), in which a manuscript, discovered on an Island in the West Indies where the now-sunken ...

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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