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Knye, Cassandra

Joint pseudonym of Thomas M Disch and John T Sladek for a gothic novel, The House that Fear Built (1966); of Sladek alone for another, The Castle and the Key (1967); and – with the variant spelling Cassandra Nye – of Charles Naylor for a third, Steps to the Grotto (1974). The name is also given to an invented psychic described as "the American author of horrific gothic novels" in Sladek's astrological spoof Arachne Rising: The Thirteenth Sign of the Zodiac (1977) as by James Vogh, ...

Outer Wilds

Videogame (2019). Mobius Digital. Published by Annapurna Interactive. Designed by Alex Beachum and Loan Vernau. Platforms: Win (2019); XBoxOne (2019); PS4 (2019). / A cute 3D Adventure game of surprising depth, Outer Wilds is reminiscent of Portal (2007) in that it was a student's university project expanded into a professional production. / Outer Wilds puts players in the shoes of an amphibious Alien astronaut. It is the day of your inaugural Space Flight, and there is a solar system ...

Lights Out

US tv series (1946-1952). Sponsored by the Admiral Corporation, others, for NBC-TV. Produced by Arch Oboler, Herbert B Swope Jr and Ernest Walling. Directors included William Corrigan, Kingman T Moore, Grey Lockwood and Delbert Mann. Writers included Fred Coe, George Leffert, Ernst Kinroy and A J Russell. Narrators: Jack La Rue, Frank Gallop. 160 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This anthology series was among the first regular Television series to air after World War Two, and was ...

Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä

Animated film (1984 Japan; heavily cut vt Warriors of the Wind, 1985; uncut release as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, 2005). Nibariki, Hakuhodo, Tokuma, Tōei. Directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Written by Hayao Miyazaki. Cast includes Goro Naya, Yoshihiko Sakakibara and Sumi Shimamoto. 116 minutes. Colour. / Much imitated Ecology Anime, set on a Ruined Earth a thousand years after an environmental Disaster. A pro-technology faction, led by the Tolmekian Empire's Princess Kushana ...

Russell, Karen

(1981-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Haunting Olivia" in The New Yorker for 13-20 June 2005; the tale evokes a world and mood to which her work repeatedly returns: the coves, islets, and low-lying inlands of southern Florida, whose Polders [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] and thresholds Russell dramatizes with a sensibility that might be called Florida Gothic (see Gothic SF). The phantasmagoria attendant upon the ...

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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