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Pares, Bip

Working name of UK illustrator Ethel Pares (1904-1977); the "Bip" came from her childhood attempt to pronounce the name of a family horse. Most of her circa 600 covers were done before World War Two, often for works of genre interest: much of this work continues to await discovery. Some of her best work appeared on the covers of sf novels, such as E Phillips Oppenheim's The Dumb Gods Speak (1937) and the same author's ...

Night of the Carrots, The

Estonian animated film (1998; original title Porgandite öö). Eesti Joonisfilm. Directed and written by Priit Pärn. Narration by Frank Boyle. 29 minutes. Colour. / Diego, lover of the round, hater of the angular, arrives at PGI hoping to book a room. A sprawling, architecturally unappealing structure, PGI is a hotel (perhaps also a sanatorium) and, as the queues outside attest, much in demand: getting a ...

Smith, William Wye

(1827-1917) UK-born minister, teacher, journalist, poet and author, in Canada from the age of ten, active as a poet from 1850. He is of sf interest for Vetulia: or, Going to the Bottom of Things (first version August 1875 New Dominion Monthly as "First Visit to Vetulia"; full text 1880 Advertiser: rev 1891), a Utopia whose social structure is shaped around the Immortality of its inhabitants. The long ...

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 ...

Scientifiction [fanzine]

1. UK Fanzine published by Walter Gillings from Ilford, Essex, subtitled "The British Fantasy Review". Seven issues, January 1937 to March 1938. Typeset; 5½ x 8½ in. / Scientifiction is sometimes misnamed The British Scientifiction Fantasy Review owing to a front-cover design conceit that wrapped the subtitle around the larger print of the main title; the subtitle appears below on the title ...

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 ...



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