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Lee, Pamela

(1949-    ) American artist. After growing up on the campus of the University of Iowa, Lee moved with her family to Arizona when she was twelve; upon graduating from the University of Arizona in 1970, she moved to California to work in advertising before an assignment obtained through artist William K Hartmann introduced her to space art, which quickly became her specialty. One typical example of her work in this area would be her cover ...

Bloom, Rachel

(?1987-    ) US comedian, author and performer of the single "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" (2010). This song and its accompanying video (in which the pneumatic Ms Bloom poses in a schoolgirl costume clutching a photograph of Ray Bradbury to her bosom) parlayed its geeky lubriciousness into internet success. Though in essence a novelty song it was well-received by sf fans, becoming only the second musical text to be nominated for a ...

Delord, Taxile

(1815-1877) French politician, journalist and author; of the narrative texts he composed to accompany illustrations by J J Grandville, that of most sf interest is Une Autre Monde ["Another World"] [for subtitle see Checklist] (graph 1844), where Grandville's grotesquely oneiric biomorphic visions render humans as deliquescent combinations of the organic and the mechanical (see Satire). Delord and Grandville in ...

Flight to Mars

Film (1951). Monogram. Directed by Lesley Selander. Written by Arthur Strawn. Cast includes Morris Ankrum, Robert Barrat, Marguerite Chapman and Cameron Mitchell. 72 minutes. Colour. / A team of astronauts, including journalist Steve Abbott (Mitchell), embarks upon the first flight to Mars. After an encounter with meteors, they land on Mars and discover a race of humanoid Martians who live underground because the surface of Mars has become uninhabitable to ...


Roguelikes or Rogue-likes are a type of Computer Role Playing Game or CRPG with a number of common gameplay features. The player must move their character, or party of characters through a dungeon or map with a series of levels, fighting Monsters of increasing difficulty. Most typically, the player is subject to "permadeath"; if a character or member of a party dies, then they are lost permanently. If all characters ...

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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