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Robert Hale Limited

UK publishing firm which from 1936 through 1984, though mainly in the 1970s, published more than 450 sf novels, in hardbound editions, primarily for the library market. (In 1990 a few US sf titles were reprinted, but no originals.) A large majority of titles originating with the firm were uniform in length (192 pages) and routine in substance, most being Space Operas varied with occasional Dystopias, though other forms of sf also featured. In its early years Hale published speculative fiction ...

Handley, Max

(1945-1990) UK scriptwriter and author known in the sf world only for Meanwhile (1977), an intricately comic Fabulation crammed to bursting point with devices from the whole spectrum of sf and fantasy (see Equipoise), from Clones to Mother Goddesses to anthropophagists, all introduced by a sharply knowledgeable hand. [JC]

Je T'aime, Je T'aime

Film (1967). Parc/Fox Europa. Directed by Alain Resnais. Written by Resnais, Jacques Sternberg. Cast includes Anouk Ferjac, Olga Georges-Picot and Claude Rich. 94 minutes, cut to 82 minutes. Colour. / A failed suicide is co-opted into a dangerous scientific experiment; he is to be sent back into the past for one minute. The experiment has proved safe for mice, but humans are conscious of time and memory in a way that animals are not, and the protagonist is trapped in a series of ...


Film (1965; vt Une Étrange Aventure de Lemmy Caution). Pathé-contemporary/Chaumiane-Film Studio. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. Written by Godard and Paul Éluard. Cast includes Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff and Howard Vernon. 100 minutes. Black and white. / In this archetypal French New Wave film, intergalactic secret agent Lemmy Caution (Constantine) arrives at Alphaville – a City on a distant planet – to deal with Alpha 60, the sentient ...

On Spec

Canadian Semiprozine, Digest-size, perfect bound (from Fall 1991), around 96pp, published by The Copper Pig Collective, Edmonton, which arose out of a writers' group at the University of Alberta. The original General Editor was Marianne O Nielson, but she retired after the Spring 1992 issue and thereafter it has been edited by a collective, which has included over time Catherine Girczyc, Barry Hammond, Susan MacGregor, Hazel Sangster, Jena Snyder and Diane L Walton, and which operates through ...

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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