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Epic Illustrated

US letter-size saddle-stapled colour Comics-format magazine printed on slick paper. Publisher: Marvel Comics. Editor: Archie Goodwin. 34 issues, Spring 1980 to February 1986. Publication schedule was quarterly until #4 and bimonthly thereafter. / This, at the time Marvel's most adult-oriented comics publication ever, was admittedly a direct imitation of Heavy Metal. Its planned title Odyssey ...

Lucas, John

(1966-    ) UK author of Faster Than Life (2002), a spoof Space Opera with clear affinities to the work of Douglas Adams. [JC]


1. The anglicized version of Gojira (which see). / 2. Film (1998). TriStar Pictures presents a Centropolis Entertainment production. A Fried Films and Independent Pictures production. Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Emmerich, Dean Devlin. Cast includes Hank Azaria, Matthew Broderick, Maria Pitillo and Jean Reno. 138 minutes. Colour. / Decades in development, this American Godzilla was ...

Stanton, Will

(1918-1996) US humorous author for various Slicks including The New Yorker, Readers Digest and Saturday Evening Post. His contributions to SF Magazines began with "Barney" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in February 1951 and remained with that magazine exclusively. He was active for twelve years, his eleven stories being witty and ...


Item of Terminology introduced in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy to denote narratives whose essentially Fantasy nature is more or less disguised by trappings of Technology, though usually with no serious attempt to add scientific or pseudoscientific justification. Even Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's sf ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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