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Red Shift

Tv film (1978). British Broadcasting Corporation. Directed by John Mackenzie. Written by Alan Garner from his own novel, Red Shift (1973). Cast includes Charles Bolton, Andrew Byatt, Lesley Dunlop, Bernard Gallagher, Stephen Petcher, Stella Tanner and Michael Wolf. 75 minutes. Colour. / The 2014 DVD release of this compact Television drama, originally aired on BBC's Play for Today omnibus series, ...

World Fantasy Award

The World Fantasy Awards have been presented in various categories since 1975, for work first appearing in the previous year. Presentations take place at the annual World Fantasy Convention. Although the award is naturally biased towards Fantasy and horror, a number of sf or near-sf novels have been honoured, and most of the winning authors have entries in this encyclopedia. We therefore list the winners for best novel of the ...

Colvin, Ian

(1912-1975) UK author and journalist whose sf novel is Domesday Village (1948), a Utopia set in a semi-agrarian Near-Future UK with a socialist regime. [JC]

Scott, Ridley

(1937-    ) UK film-maker who has worked mostly in the USA. He began his career as a set designer for the BBC, including work on the adaptation of John Brunner's "Some Lapse of Time" (June-July 1963 Science Fantasy) for the first season of Out of the Unknown (1965). After making a name directing a series of stylish, inventive television commercials, ...

Stallman, Robert

(1930-1980) Literary critic, professor of English at Western Michigan University, and author of the Book of the Beast trilogy, the last two books of which were published posthumously: The Orphan (1980), The Captive (1981) and The Beast (1982; vt The Book of the Beast 1982). The books are complex, sensitively written Fabulations, fitting between the generic borders of sf and ...

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 a long sf-tinged poem, "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly); he only began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and sf proper with ...

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