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Dulaure, Jacques-Antoine

(1755-1835) French architect, journalist and author of the anonymous Proto SF tale Le retour de mon pauvre oncle, ou Relation de son voyage dans la lune ["The Return of my Poor Uncle, or a Recounting of his Trip to the Moon"] (1784 chap; trans Brian Stableford as "My Poor Uncle's Return" in On the Brink of the World's End anth 2016) [for subtitles see Checklist below], whose physicist protagonist ...

Silbersack, John

(1954-    ) US editor, agent and author, active as an editor with Putnam/Berkley books 1977-1981, with New American Library 1986-1992, with Warner Books in 1992, and with Harper Collins 1993-1999; he joined Trident Media Group in 2001 as a senior agent. Throughout his career he has been noted for a swift and canny knowledgeability about the sf world. With Victoria Schochet he edited the first four ...

Serial Films

In the early days of Cinema there was a considerable vogue for serial films divided into chapters or episodes intended for separate screening in weekly instalments, a famous nonfantastic example being the 20-part General Film Company/Eclectic Film Company melodrama The Perils of Pauline (1914), directed by Louis J Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie with the much-menaced Pearl White in the title role. Later serials introduced the tradition of breaking off at ...

Full Spectrum

US Original-Anthology series published by Bantam Books since 1988, created by Lou Aronica, five issues: Full Spectrum (anth 1988), edited by Aronica with Shawna McCarthy; Full Spectrum 2 (anth 1989), edited by Aronica with Pat LoBrutto, McCarthy and Amy Stout, Full Spectrum 3 (anth ...

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Film (1985). Kennedy Miller Productions. Directed by George Miller with George Ogilvie. Written by Terry Hayes, Miller. Cast includes Helen Buday, Mel Gibson, Paul Larsson, Bruce Spence, Frank Thring and Tina Turner. 107 minutes. Colour. / This Australian film, the second sequel to the Post-Holocaust movie Mad Max (1979), has lots of well-directed action but is more rambling and ...

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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