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Human Kind Of

US animated online series (2018). Facebook Watch. Created by Diana McCorry. Executive Producers Adam Belfer, James Belfer, Diana McCorry and Daniel Shepard. Written by Jamie Loftus, Diana McCorry, Daniel Shepard and Moujan Zolfaghari. Directed by Joy Buran and Noelle Melody. Voice cast includes Kate Berlant, Jamie Loftus, Zak Orth, Jill Talley and Michelle Trachtenberg. Twenty-one 4-10 minute episodes to date. Colour. / On her sixteenth birthday, science nerd Judy Reilly (Trachtenberg) ...

Quarber Merkur

Austrian Fanzine; edited by Franz Rottensteiner since its inception in 1963. In the argot of fans, Quarber Merkur is a "sercon" (serious and constructive) fanzine, one of the longest-running and most impressive of its type. It publishes critical, bibliographical, sociopolitical and historical studies of sf, Utopias, weird fiction and Fantasy. Averaging 90 large unillustrated pages per issue, Quarber Merkur has now published around three million words of serious criticism; it had reached #74 by ...

Iron Maiden

English heavy metal band formed in 1975 by bassist Stephen Harris (1956-    ) and characterized by very loud, fast guitar work and the banshee vocals of lead singer Bruce Dickinson (1958-    ). The band select promiscuously from established texts as premises for their songs, adapting many novels and (especially) films from war-story, mystery, historical, noir and sf genres. The latter, often inflected via a persistent interest in Satanism and occult ...

Tower Comics

The Comics imprint of Tower Books, active from 1965 to 1969, originally edited by Wally Wood. Wood found himself unable to handle the workload alone and brought in veteran comics writer Samm Schwartz (1920-1997) to help with all titles except his own. Wood had been promised a great deal of creative control and a large budget for the line, which included teen titles, war comics, and Superhero titles. It is best remembered today for Wood's The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, featuring a curious team of ...

Fei Dao

Pen-name of Jia Liyuan (?   -    ) an author and PhD candidate in the Chinese department of Tsinghua University, Beijing. Under his real name, he has published works of sf criticism, including the Han Song study "Gloomy China: China's Image in Han Song's Science Fiction" (March 2013 Science Fiction Studies), and also spoken out as a provocative defender of sf in China, noting that it is hardly an insult any more to refer to it as "children's literature", when ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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