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Bradford, J S

(?   -?   ) UK author of Even a Worm (1936), a novel similar in content to Arthur Machen's The Terror: A Fantasy (1917; rev 1927): the animal kingdom revolts against humanity's rule. What merit it has is diminished by the concluding Clichéd rationalization of the story as being just a game-hunter's nightmare. [JE]

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

["Mahō Shōjo Madoka Magika", literally "Magical Girl Madoka Magika"]. Japanese tv series. (2011). Shaft, Aniplex, Hakuhodo, DY Media Partners, Hōbunsha, MBS, Movic, Nitroplus. Cast includes Yuki Aoi, Emiri Katō, Eri Kitamura, Kaoru Mizuhashi and Chiwa Saito. Directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. Written by Gen Urobuchi. Twelve 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Japanese schoolgirl Madoka (Aoi) is offered a Faustian pact by the Alien Kyubey (Kitamura), who promises to grant her a wish ...

McCrumb, Sharyn

(1948-    ) US author, in most of whose titles detective plots intersect with fantasy and/or sf material, though her first novel to invoke these genres, Bimbos of the Death Sun (1987), a Recursive Satire set at an sf Convention, does not actually turn into sf, and is the first of the Jay Omega sequence. What is most remarkable about the book, for the sf reader, may be McCrumb's intimate understanding of fans (see Fandom) and writers and their typical interactions, a ...

Woolf, A L

(?   -    ) UK author who wrote the novel Southern Exploration (1953) as by Adam Dale, a House Name of Curtis Warren, for which publisher Woolf also wrote non-sf under his own name. [SH/DRL]

Time in Reverse

The notion of Time running backwards, with effects preceding causes, is both strongly counter-intuitive and fascinatingly easy to imagine: playing a movie in reverse is among the oldest and most familiar of special effects. The Time Traveller in H G Wells's The Time Machine (1895) sees his housekeeper apparently moving backwards through the room during the final moments of his return journey from the future. Still earlier instances appear in Enrique Gaspar's "El anacronópete" (in ...

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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