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Wismer, Don

(1946-    ) US author who began publishing sf with Starluck (1982), a competent sf adventure. Warrior Planet (1987) combines sf and fantasy elements in the story of an interstellar conflict between wizards and thieves. Planet of the Dead (1988) rather more convincingly sets a cadre of Psi-Powered samurai warriors in pursuit of an interstellar Drug gang. The author's fourth novel, A Roil of Stars (1991), was followed by a long silence until he returned to sf with Lion in the ...

Tick, The

US animated tv series (1994-1996). Sunbow Productions, Graz Entertainment, Fox Children's Productions. Based on the Comic book character created by Ben Edlund. Directors include John Kafka, Russel Mooney, Sue Peters, Hank Tucker and Art Vitello. Writers include Ben Edlund and Richard Liebmann-Smith. Voice cast includes Cam Clarke, Townsend Coleman, Micky Dolenz, Ron Feinberg, Jess Harnell, Tony Jay, Kay Lenz, John Mariano and Rob Paulsen. 36 20-minute episodes. Colour. / The Tick (Coleman) ...

Europa Report

Film (2013). Magnet Releasing and Wayfare Entertainment present a Wayfare Entertainment production. Directed by Sebastián Cordero. Written by Philip Gelatt. Cast includes Christian Camargo, Sharlto Copley, Embeth Davidtz, Anamaria Marinca, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Wu and Karolina Wydra. 89 minutes. Colour. / Six astronauts search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon. / Found Footage forms the basis of this uneasy-but-interesting mixture of Spacesuit Film and Horror in SF told ...

Clark, Gideon

(circa 1888-1955) UK author of a Scientific Romance, Substitute for Living (1937), a Satire in which unwholesome consequences are generated through the Invention of a Time Viewer which shows moments from the past. [JC]

Green, Simon R

(1955-    ) UK author, mostly of Fantasies [not listed below; for titles to 1996 see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. He is perhaps best known in that genre for the substantial Hawk and Fisher police-procedural Sword and Sorcery sequence beginning with Hawk & Fisher (1990); in the horror genre, he is most prominent for the equally substantial Steampunk Alternate World Nightside sequence set in London and beginning with Something from the Nightside (2003). ...

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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