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Pal, George

Adopted name of Hungarian film producer born György Pál Marczincsak (1908-1980), based in the USA since 1940. He is best known for his sf and fantasy films, for which he received a Nebula Special Award in 1976. Trained as an illustrator in Budapest, Pal decided to specialize in animation, and in 1931 moved to Germany, where he worked at the UFA studios. When Hitler came to power Pal went to Paris, where he soon became very successful with a series of animated commercials and ...

To-day and To-morrow

This relatively early venture in popular Futures Studies comprises a series of eighty-six hardback monographs published from 1923 by the London house Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Company. In these slim volumes, Scientists and others speculated (not always entirely seriously) about the future. Contributions to To-day and To-morrow by authors with entries in this encyclopedia are listed below. Perhaps the most strikingly forward-looking and intermittently prophetic of all these is J D Bernal's ...

Mannheim, Karl

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of two sf Space Operas forming the short Venus series: When the Earth Died (1950) and Vampires of Venus (1950). They are modestly competent but hasty. [JC]

Ad Astra [film]

Film (2019). New Regency Pictures, Bona Film Group, Keep Your Head. Directed by James Gray. Written by Gray and Ethen Gross. Cast includes Loren Dean, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler. 123 minutes. Colour. / Several decades into an undated Near Future, the US Space Command sends po-faced Major Roy McBride (Pitt) to Mars on an urgent mission to attempt to communicate at long-distance with his famous father H Clifford McBride (Jones), head of the Lima ...

Continuum Science Fiction

US low-paying Semiprozine published and edited by William Rupp, Bonsall, California under the imprint Continuum Publishing. It began as a Print Magazine with an advance preview edition, containing two stories, released in November 2003 and then seven formal issues from Winter 2004 to Fall 2006. The first three issues were in an intermediate, half-legal size (8.5 x 7 in; 215 x 175 mm), though dropped to a small review size (8.5 x 5.25 in; 215 x 135 mm) from issue #4 (Fall 2005). All issues were ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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