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Once Upon a Time

Russian animated film (1990; original title Kogda-to davno ...; vt A Long Time Ago). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Galina Barinova. Written by Ante Zaninovic. Narration by Alina Pokrovskaya. 17 minutes. Colour. / In a time, we are told, so distant that it might be the deep past or Far Future, we see a City. Externally its outlines resemble a many-turreted castle; internally it is futuristic, inspired by M C Escher – the industrial area resembles his Cubic Space Division (1953) – ...

Planet of the Apes [comic]

US letter-size saddle-stapled Comics-format magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Marvel Comics under their Curtis Magazines subsidiary imprint. Editor: Roy Thomas. 29 monthly issues, 1974 to 1977. / Licensed to Marvel Comics in 1974, this Tie may have been the company's most successful black-and-white comics-format SF Magazine of the 1970s. Adapting Planet of the Apes (1968) in issues #1-#6, the monthly continued with all five of the original series films: plus original stories set ...

Ross, Olin J

(1858-1941) US author of The Sky Blue: A Tale of the Iron Horse and of the Coming Civilization (1904), in which, by virtue of railroads (see Transportation), a new civilization is created in the Near Future. [JC]

Griffin, Sercombe

(1878-1943) UK chemist and author of Young Adult adventures for boys, of which at least two are of sf interest: Within the Golden Globe (1934), a Lost Race tale set in sixteenth-century Asia, where an Elixir of Life (see Immortality) is discovered; and The Crimson Caterpillar (1935), which also features a Lost Race, set in this case in the Sahara, and reachable by airplane. [JC]

Tinckner, Mary Agnes

(1833-1907) US author whose work of sf interest is San Salvador (1892), a Utopia set in a secret Italian location (see Ruritania) where, under a wise and Christ-embodying monarch whose ancestry is of Lost-Race antiquity, citizens manufacture their beautiful but practical wares by hand, after the model recently promulgated in William Morris's News from Nowhere (1890). [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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