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Until the End of the World

Film (1991; director's cut 2015). Argos Films, Road Movies Filmproduktion, Village Roadshow Picture, Warner Bros, Wim Wenders Stiftung. Directed by Wim Wenders. Written by Peter Carey, Solveig Dommartin and Wenders. Cast (both versions) includes Lois Chiles, Ernie Dingo, Solveig Dommartin, Eddie Mitchell, Jeanne Moreau, William Hurt, Kuniko Miyake, Sam Neill, Chishū Ryū, Rüdiger Vogler and Max Von Sydow. 1991 version 158 minutes; 2015 version 287 minutes. Colour. / The 1991 ...

Logan's Run

1. Film (1976). MGM/United Artists. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by David Zelag Goodman, based on Logan's Run (1967) by William F Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. Cast includes Jenny Agutter, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Richard Jordan, Peter Ustinov and Michael York. 118 minutes. Colour. / One of the largest, most "prestigious" sf films of the decade, this was also one of the most sluggish, reducing its lively source, Nolan's and Johnson's 1967 novel Logan's Run, to a bland affair ...

Envoy Extraordinary, An

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of King Squash of Toadyland (1890), a Satirical portrait of Britain during the course of which party politics are eliminated and the King deposed, creating something like a Utopia. Any presumption that the tale is set in the Near Future because it is not Queen Victoria who loses the throne perhaps insists too strongly that the tale is meant to be read literally. [JC]

Piece of Phantasmagoria, A

Japanese animated tv series (1995). Original title Phantasmagoria. Shigeru Tamura Studio. Directed and written by Shigeru Tamura. Fifteen five-minute episodes. Colour. / A series of fifteen shorts each ending with its narrator explaining how, whilst travelling the realm of dreams, they discovered the little planet Phantasmagoria, from which the story comes (see Life on Other Worlds). They are usually reflective, either whimsical or melancholy, pieces, with suitably expressive music. / ...

LeFanu, Sarah

(1953-    ) Scottish academic long in England whose Despatches from the Frontiers of the Female Mind (anth 1985), edited with Jen Green (1954-    ), provided a forum for Women SF Writers. The Feminism illustrated in that book could serve readers as a backdrop for In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction (1988; vt Feminism and Science Fiction 1989), her solid nonfiction analysis of the work of several contemporary sf writers, most ...

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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