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VVitch: A New-England Folktale, The

Film (2015; vt The Witch). A24 presents a Parts and Labor, RT Features, Rooks Nest Entertainment, Maiden Voyage Pictures and Mott Street Pictures production in association with Code Red Productions, Scythia Films, Pulse Films and Special Projects. Written and directed by Robert Eggers. Cast includes Wahab Chaudhry, Lucas Dawson, Kate Dickie, Ellie Grainger, Ralph Ineson, Harvey Scrimshaw and Anya Taylor-Joy. 93 minutes. Colour. / The Gods and Demons of the Puritan Religion destroy a family ...

Galaxy Trucker

Board Game (2007). Czech Games Edition. Designed by Vlaada Chvátil. / Galaxy Trucker is a board game in which players take on the role of space captains who must assemble and pilot a Spaceship built from tiles depicting various spaceship spare parts, and subsequently navigate a circular route around a board, undertaking various quests and challenges as determined by a series of cards. The game depends on the player creating a robust spaceship in order to survive relatively intact, ...

Boston, Bruce

(1943-    ) US poet (see Poetry) and prose author whose early work tended to the surreal, but who began – with stories like "Break" for New Worlds 7 (anth 1974) edited by Hilary Bailey and Charles Platt – to invoke fantasy and sf themes. His early poetry – much of it not genre at all, and almost all of it couched in a classically lucid voice – can most easily be approached through Jackbird: Tales of Illusion & Identity (coll 1976 chap); it is ...

Dane, John Colin

(?   -?   ) US author whose sf novel Champion (1907) is narrated by a sentient car (see Machines), which or who recounts various adventures among humans, following a tradition – begun as early as Tobias Smollett's The History and Adventures of an Atom (1769 2vols) – that generates opportunities for Satire, vicarious Sex, picaresque adventures. [JC]

Nabokov, Vladimir

(1899-1977) Russian-born US poet, translator, entomologist and author. Raised in Russia until the Revolution, and then educated at Cambridge, he lived between the wars in Germany and France, writing as by V Sirin; he emigrated to the USA in 1940 – at which point he began to write in English rather than Russian (he had been an accomplished translator from English into Russian for some years) – and from 1959 lived in Switzerland. His first books of poetry date from the teens of the ...

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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