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Slavonic science fiction and fantasy magazine published in English by SCC Computer, Sofia, Bulgaria; edited by Atanas Slavov. One issue appeared in February 1990, though it was intended as a monthly. It was printed in a large-Digest format (7.5 x 5.6 in; 192 x 142 mm), 220 pages on coated stock throughout and heavily illustrated, much in colour. Orphia was to be a showcase of sf and fantasy from Slavonic countries, including Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia (see Czech and Slovak SF), Poland, the Soviet ...

Yelverton, Christopher

Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ), who may or may not be related to the historical English political figures, Sir Christopher Yelverton (1536-1612) and his grandson, Sir Christopher Yelverton, 1st Baronet (?   -1654). The dreaming protagonist of Oneiros; Or, Some Questions of the Day (1889) finds himself translated a millennium hence to another planet (see Life on Other Worlds), where a benevolent Utopia has long existed. Details are ...

Zajac, Gord

(?   -    ) Canadian screenwriter and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Second Skin" for Challenging Destiny in May 1997. In his gonzo Military SF novel, Major Kamage (2010), set two decades after an unspecified War, an unreconciled veteran of the conflict, and his disbanded cohort, must save the soft new world, which is at peace under debilitating corporate management, from an Alien Invasion. [JC]

Forbidden Planet

Film (1956). MGM. Directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox. Written by Cyril Hume, based on a story by Irving Block and Allen Adler. Cast includes Anne Francis, Earl Holliman, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon and Warren Stevens. 98 minutes. Colour. / Although Wilcox was new to sf Cinema – his best-known film was Lassie Come Home (1943) – Forbidden Planet is one of the most attractive movies in the genre. Some of the more interesting resonances of Forbidden Planet stem from its being an ...

Zebrowski, George

(1945-    ) Austrian-born author of Polish descent, born Jerzy Tadeus Zebrowski; in the USA from 1951, one of the first alumni of the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop to achieve recognition in the sf world. He has lived with Pamela Sargent for many years. After two short collaborations with Jack Dann – "Traps" (March 1970 If) and "Dark, Dark, the Dead Star" (July 1970 If) – Zebrowski began publishing sf stories solo with "The Water Sculptor of Station ...

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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