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Lobster, The

Film (2015). A24 Release, Film4, Bord Scannán na hÉireann / Irish Film Board, Eurimages, the Netherlands Film Fund, Greek Film Centre and BFI present in association with Protagonist Pictures an Element Pictures, Scarlet Films, Faliro House, Haut et Court, Lemming Film co-production in association with Limp with the participation of CANAL+, CINE+ and Aide aux cinémas du monde, Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée, Ministère des affaires ...

Ishiguro, Kazuo

(1954-    ) Japanese-born author in the UK since 1960, his first work being three stories, all ostensibly nonfantastic, for Invitation 7: Stories by New Writers (anth 1981) edited anonymously. He soon became known as a novelist of fictions only superficially obedient to the strictures against the fantastic maintained (in the twentieth century) by an insecure British literary establishment. Indeed, since the publication of his most famous tale, ...

Barr, George

(1937-    ) US illustrator, one of the most meticulous of sf/fantasy artists, although for many years his prominence as an artist for Fanzines tended to overshadow his professional work; early illustration venues included George Scithers' Amra, Tom Reamy's Trumpet and the fanzine incarnation of Locus. He received little by way of formal art ...

Read, Herbert

(1893-1968) UK poet, anarchist and prolific critic of art, literature and politics. His only novel, The Green Child: A Romance (1935) was inspired by the twelfth-century legend of the Green Children of Woolpit, two greenish-skinned children who wandered into a British village and claimed to have come from an underground world called "St. Martin's Land" [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The novel is a ...

Pelot, Pierre

Main pseudonym of French author Pierre Grosdemange (1945-    ), prolific from the 1960s under this and other names including Pierre Suragne and Pierre Carbonari; he was first known for westerns, in particular the Dylan Stark sequence [not listed below], though sf soon began to dominate his output; his first sf novel was La Septième Saison ["The Seventh Season"] (1972) as by Pierre Suragne in the publisher's Anticipation series. The tale ...

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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