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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...


There is a false belief that sf and humour do not mix. Certainly sf has produced many bad jokes – Arthur C Clarke's Tales From the White Hart (coll of linked stories 1957) is entirely devoted to them – but from the beginning it has also produced many good ones. Much sf humour takes the form of social Satire, and stories of this kind are discussed mainly in that entry. While the discussion below naturally ...

Dahlin, Allyson

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Cake Eater (2022), aspires to a comic retelling, in an Alternate History future a millenium hence, of the "romantic" life and love experiences of Marie Antoinette (1755-1793). [JC]

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

1. Film (1989). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Silver Screen Partners III, Doric Productions. Directed by Joe Johnston. Written by Ed Naha and Tom Schulman from a story by Stuart Gordon, Naha and Brian Yuzna. Cast includes Thomas Brown, Matt Frewer, Rick Moranis, Amy O'Neill, Robert Oliveri and Marcia Strassman. 93 minutes. Colour. / Eccentric ...

DC Extended Universe

Initially known by viewers and critics as the DC Cinematic Universe, in order to point out obvious similarities between the competing DC and Marvel Shared World imperiums, the DC Extended Universe provides a simpler narrative of origins and story-bibles than does the much larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was first promulgated in 2008. But Marvel Comics and its ...

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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