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Cinefantastique

US film magazine, slick Bedsheet format. Published and edited by Frederick S Clarke from Illinois until 2000; edited by Dan Persons to 2002; edited by Jeff Bond to 2006. Fall 1970-2006. The magazine reached Vol 38, no 3, dated May/June 2006, at which point the print edition ceased (but see below). Production schedule varied from four to six numbers a year, and was latterly bimonthly. / Cinefantastique specialized in sf, fantasy and Horror Cinema, and occasionally Television; it was well ...

Dow, Alechia

(?   -    ) US author whose loose Young Adult Sound of Stars sequence beginning with The Sound of Stars (2020) is set in a Near Future world devastated by an accidental War between Homo sapiens and the Alien Ilori, whose Post-Holocaust Invasion of Earth has resulted in a coercive peace. The Ilori do not understand the Evolution-sanctioned emotionality of humans, and their rule is therefore insensitive. The two protagonists, a highly strung girl and a ...

McGuire, Richard

(1957-    ) US comics artist and author whose Graphic Novel Here (graph 2014), which began as a short story in graphic form, "Here" (January 1989 RAW), is of considerable sf interest. The basic structure of the enterprise is non-chronological. Each double-page panel gives a perspectivally invariant view of a single location in north-eastern America, probably semi-rural New Jersey, so that the "tale" is locked in space. Time, however, is fluid: each panel is precisely dated, ...

Avarya

Turkish animated film (2019). Directed and written by Gökalp Gönen. Voice cast comprises Damla Çay and Sermet Yesil. 20 minutes. Colour. / After seeing Isaac Asimov's Laws of Robotics, we cut to an old man (Yesil) in a Spaceship complaining to his Robot (Çay) that, after travelling for "hundreds or maybe thousands of years", it has rejected the 55 habitable planets they have visited, often for minor reasons; it responds, "As long as your health is at risk, I don't ...

Rexner, Romulus

Pseudonym of US author born Andrezej Mariusz Toporski (1920-2009); he legally changed his name to Marion Matarisvan in 1956. In his sf novel, Planetary Legion: A Story of War and Peace, 1940-1980 (1960; rev vt Planetary Legion for Peace: Story of their War and our Peace, 1940-2000 1987), progressive forces successfully manipulate the Near Future world into a state of Utopia; it is heartfelt. There have been several editions, all of which almost certainly differ; two are listed below. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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