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Potocki, Jan

(1761-1815) Polish military engineer, ethnologist, linguist, traveller and author whose first stories – which show the influences of Arabian Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] – appeared in the 1780s, embedded into his travel books. He is best-known for Manuscrit trouvé à Saragosse ["The Manuscript Found at Saragossa"], a complex text whose publication history is so convoluted that doubts were for some time plausibly expressed as to Potocki's ...

Mitchells vs the Machines, The

US animated film (2021). Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Lord Miller Productions, One Cool Films. Directed by Mike Rianda. Written by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe. Voice cast includes Eric André, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Olivia Colman, Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Mike Rianda and Maya Rudolph. 113 minutes. Colour. / Having always felt an outsider in her Michigan hometown, Katie Mitchell (Jacobson) is delighted to learn she has been accepted by the California College of ...

Battle beyond the Stars

Film (1980). New World. Executive producer Roger Corman. Director Jimmy T Murakami. Written by John Sayles, based on a story by Sayles, Anne Dyer. Cast includes Sybil Danning, Steve Davis, George Peppard, John Saxon, Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn and Morgan Woodward. 103 minutes. Colour. / New World, never slow to capitalize on a trend, hoped – with partial success – to woo the Star Wars market with this space-opera replay of The Magnificent Seven (1960) directed by John Sturges ...

Starburst

UK monthly nonfiction Media Magazine about sf, fantasy and horror, primarily in Cinema and Television. Small-Bedsheet slick format. Founded January 1978, first published by Starburst Magazines, London, edited by Dez Skinn, but soon taken over by Marvel Comics and edited Alan Mackenzie until #77 (January 1985), then by Roger P Birchall to #79 and Cefn Ridout to #87. With #88 (December 1985) the magazine left Marvel and was taken over by Visual Imagination, with Stephen Payne the new editor. ...

Ballard, J G

(1930-2009) UK author, born in Shanghai and as a child interned in a Japanese civilian POW camp during World War Two. He first came to the UK in December 1945, and read medicine at King's College, Cambridge, but left without taking a degree. He began publishing sf with simultaneous stories in each of E J Carnell's two sf magazines: "Escapement" for New Worlds and "Prima Belladonna" for Science Fantasy, both December 1956. From the first, his writing was influenced by the Surrealist painters and ...

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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