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Dickinson, John

(1962-    ) UK author, son of Peter Dickinson, who began publishing work of genre interest with "One for Sorrow" in Fear for March 1990; most of his subsequent work has been fantasy, including the Young Adult Cup of the World sequence beginning with The Cup of the World (2004) and the Muddle and Win sequence for younger children beginning with Muddle and Win: The Battle for Sally Jones (2013). He is of sf interest for WE (2010) whose protagonist, after an eight-year voyage ...

Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader

US Digest-size magazine, two issues in 1953, published by Avon Books; edited by Sol Cohen. A hybrid successor to the Avon Fantasy Reader and Avon Science Fiction Reader, the Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader series started a year after those had ceased publication and had a different policy, concentrating on original stories rather than reprints. Issues were also illustrated and book reviews were included emphasizing that this incarnation was more a Magazine than an Anthology. The ...

20,000 Leagues under the Sea

Film (1954). Walt Disney (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Richard Fleischer. Written by Earl Felton, based on Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1870; trans as Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas 1872) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Peter Lorre, Paul Lukas and James Mason. 127 minutes. Colour. / This early Walt Disney live-action film set Under the Sea was one of his best and most lavish. Fleischer later returned to sf themes with Fantastic Voyage (1966) and Soylent ...

Girl from Tomorrow, The

Australian tv series (1991-1992). Film Australia. Created by Mark Shirrefs, John Thomson and Kathy Mueller. Produced by Noel Price and Ron Saunders. Directors included Kathy Mueller and Noel Price. Writers included Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson. Cast included Andrew Clarke, Katherine Cullen, James Findlay, John Howard, Melissa Marshall and Helen O'Connor. 24 23-minute episodes. Colour. / This miniseries, aimed at a juvenile audience, begins in the Utopian future of 3000 AD. The titular ...


Videogame (1982). Infocom. Designed by Dave Lebling. Platforms: AppleII, Atari8, DOS, PCBoot (1982); C64 (1983); Mac (1984); AtariST (1985); Amiga (1986). / Starcross was one of the first text-based Adventure games to use an sf theme. The game's story is Hard SF, reminiscent of Arthur C Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama (1973) and John Varley's "The Black Hole Passes" (June 1975 F&SF); the player adopts the role of a quantum Black Hole miner who discovers a huge and apparently abandoned ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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