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US animated online tv series (2021). Netflix. Created by Megan Nicole Dong. Directors include Jen Bennett, Christina Manrique, Jeremy Polgar and Katie Shanahan. Writers include Jen Bardekoff, Todd Casey, Amalia Levari and Minty Lewis. Voice cast includes Parvesh Cheena, Chris Diamantopoulos, Megan Nicole Dong, Kimiko Glenn, Megan Hilty, Brian d'Arcy James, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jessie Mueller, Josh Radnor and Lea Salonga. Eighteen episodes of circa 26 minutes, except for one of 74 minutes. ...


(circa 125- after 180) Syrian-Greek author, known also as Lucian of Samosata; born in Samosata, capital of Commagene, in Syria (now modern Turkey). He early became an advocate and practised at Antioch, but soon set out on the travels which were to help provide the verisimilitude underlying the fantastic surface of some of his works. He visited Greece, Italy and Gaul, studied philosophy in Athens, and eventually became procurator of part of Egypt, where he died. The number of works attributed to ...

Box, Muriel

(1905-1991) UK playwright, scriptwriter and director, often in collaboration with her husband, Sydney Box (1907-1983), who (because of the resistance to women directors) sometimes served as her beard; they shared an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Seventh Veil (1946). Her sf novel, The Big Switch (1964), is a Sleeper Awakes tale whose handsome male protagonist is revived into a world in which he is the only man (see Clichés; Sex). [JC]

Paris qui Dort

Film (1924; vt Le Rayon Invisible; vt The Crazy Ray; vt At 3:25). Films Diamant. Written and directed by René Clair. Cast includes Charles Martinelli, Louis Pré Fils, Albert Préjean, Madeleine Rodrigue, Henri Rollan and Marcel Vallée. 59 minutes. Black and white. / This is one of the earliest sf films (other than shorts). A scientist accidentally freezes Paris into a split-second of time with an invisible Ray, which puts to sleep everyone affected (see Suspended ...

Allen, Johannes

(1916-1973) Danish journalist and author of popular fiction and film scripts from about 1941. Among his few sf titles the best known is Data for din død (1970; trans Marianne Helweg as Data for Death 1971), which tells of a criminal organization whose acquisition of advanced Computer techniques permits it to blackmail people with information about their time of death. [ND]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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