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Jetée, La

Film (1962; vt The Jetty; vt The Pier). Argos/Arcturus Films. Produced, written and directed by Chris Marker. Cast includes Hélène Chatelain, Davos Hanich, Jacques Ledoux and with voice-over narration by Jean Negroni. 29 minutes. Black and white. / La Jetée was made in 1962 and was soon widely seen on the festival circuit, winning awards before its notional April 1964 release date. This celebrated French ciné-roman, Chris Marker's masterpiece, twenty-nine ...

Heavy Gear

Role Playing Game (1994). Dream Pod 9 (DP9). Designed by Jean Carrières, Gene Marcil, Martin Quellette, Marc-Alexandre Vézina. / Heavy Gear is set in a sixty-ninth century much influenced by Battletech (1984). In the game's Future History, an economic collapse has caused the abandonment of Earth's interstellar colonies, including the world of Terra Nova. The setting's timeline begins after Terra Nova has emerged from a period of anarchy and become divided between two political ...

Daniel, Gabriel

(1649-1728) French historian, polemical theologian and author whose Voiage du Monde de Descartes (1690; trans Thomas Taylor as A Voyage to the World of Cartesius 1692) is a Fantastic Voyage through the Cartesian universe, eventually carrying its protagonists beyond the Moon into outer "space" (it has been speculated that Daniel was the first to use the word in this sense). Space turns out to contain at least one philosopher's heaven [for Afterlife see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links ...

Tangent, Patrick Quinn

Pseudonym of US author George Hamilton Phelps (1854-?   ) US author of The New Columbia; Or, the Re-United States (1909) as by P Q Tangent, a somewhat coercive Utopia set in a Near Future where Canada has been assimilated into America, dissidents are deported, and a socialist government, rather harsher than its model in Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), governs all. [JC]

Shadwell, Thomas

(circa 1640-1692) UK poet and playwright, Poet Laureate from 1688 until his death. Of his plays – which are now better esteemed than for the centuries after his death – The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island [for subtitle see Checklist below] (performed 1674; 1690 chap) is of some interest, though its attempts to present the fantastic in terms of spectacle now seem lame. Of greater sf interest is The Virtuoso: A Comedy Acted at the Duke's Theatre (first performed 1676 Duke's Theatre, ...

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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