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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) – ...

Rein, Harold

(1926-2011) US author of an extremely grim Post-Holocaust novel, Few Were Left (1955), whose suicidal protagonist is trapped with others Underground, in the New York subway system, after the bomb has dropped. He fails, after several adventures, to escape. A Television version for Armchair Theatre broadcast 30 November 1958 as "Underground", was set under London. [JC]

Butler, William

(1929-    ) US author best known for nonfantastic novels, some set in Japan. The Butterfly Revolution (1961), which is of sf interest, describes the almost instantaneous Dystopian tyranny created when a group of children "trapped" in a holiday camp take it over, a Satirical vision of an unhinged America which climaxes in the savage lynching of a Black camper (see Race in SF). The Butterfly Revolution was severely modified in the film version, Summer Camp Nightmare (1987). ...

Nebula Anthologies

Anthologies of Nebula-winning short fiction, along with a selection of the runners-up, have been published roughly annually since the award's inception, each volume edited by a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (known until 1992 as Science Fiction Writers of America). The series, initially Nebula Award Stories, has occasionally been titled Nebula Award Winners and other slight variants, and from the year 2000 became Nebula Awards Showcase. The first volume was Nebula ...

Sierra, Javier

Working name of Spanish journalist and author Javier Sierra Albert (1971-    ) whose first novel, La dama azul (1998; trans James Graham as The Lady in Blue 2007), presents a conspiracy-drenched rendering of the life of a seventeenth-century nun with the powers of temporal bilocation (see Pseudoscience; Psi Powers; Timeslip) who has appeared to Native Americans of her own era and, in dreams, to a twenty-first century woman in Los Angeles (see California), where much of the ...

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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