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Well-Known Author, A

Pseudonym of Wilfrid Keppel Honnywill (1871-1909) for his first novel The Master-Sinner: A Romance (1901), a fantasy of the Afterlife [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] featuring letters from a dead victim of a life of Decadence and depicting Hell as a pleasant place from which it is terrible to be excluded; this story can be read as a Satire of ...

Griffin, P M

Working name of US author Pauline Margaret Griffin (1947-2020), who sometimes wrote as Pauline Griffin. She was initially known for the untaxing Star Commandos Military SF sequence set in an interstellar venue, beginning with Star Commandos (1986) and ending with Star Commandos #12: War Prince (2004). Griffin also published several fantasy stories, including Science Fantasy material ...

Allott, Kenneth

(1912-1973) UK poet, playwright and author best known for his distinguished and melancholy poetry, which was assembled in Collected Poems (1975). The Rhubarb Tree (1937) with Stephen Tait is one of several 1930s Scientific Romances predicting a Near Future fascist government in the UK (see Dystopia; Hitler Wins), though in ...

Clockwork Orange, A

Film (1971). Polaris/Warner Bros. Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Written by Kubrick, based on A Clockwork Orange (1962) by Anthony Burgess. Cast includes Michael Bates, Warren Clarke, Patrick Magee, Malcolm McDowell and Aubrey Morris. 137 minutes. Colour. / This controversial adaptation of Burgess's novel about mind control tells of Alex (McDowell), a teenage thug in a tawdry ...

Abre Los Ojos

Film (1997; vt Open Your Eyes). Directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Written by Amenábar & Mateo Gil. Cast includes Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martinez, Najwa Nimri and Eduardo Noriega. 117 minutes. Colour. / Playboy César's discarded girlfriend Nuria (Nimri) takes revenge by crashing their car, killing herself and leaves César (Noriega) facially disfigured; his unravelling life seems briefly repaired by his new love Sofía (Cruz) ...

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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