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Renaissance

Film (2006; vt Paris 2054: Renaissance). Miramax Films presents an Onyx Films and Millimages production in association with France 2 Cinéma, Luxanimation and Timefirm Limited with the participation of Allied Filmmakers, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Film Fund Luxembourg, MEDIA Plus, ON Animation Studios and Région Ile-de-France. Directed by Christian Volckman. Written by Mathieu Delaporte, Alexandre de la Patellière, Jean-Bernard Pouy and Patrick Raynal. ...

Spindizzy

In its day, one of the best-loved items of sf Terminology. The spindizzy is the Antigravity Invention used to drive flying Cities through the Galaxy at Faster-than-Light speeds in James Blish's Okie series. This was collected as Cities in Flight (omni 1970), though Blish was using the term as early as 1950 – notably in "Bindlestiff" (December 1950 Astounding), incorporated into the first-published Okie novel Earthman, Come Home (April 1950-November 1953 var mags; fixup 1955; cut 1958). He ...

Munro, John

(1849-1930) UK engineer, professor of mechanical engineering at Bristol, and author of three tales of sf interest, "Sun-Rise in the Moon" (October 1894 Cassell's Magazine), "A Message from Mars" (March 1895 Cassell's Family Magazine) and A Trip to Venus (1897, incorporating "A Message from Mars" above as chapter one). The novel is an unexceptional account of a journey by Spaceship – powered by a new Antigravity-sustaining Power Source – to an idyllic Utopia on Venus, with a brief ...

Blish, James

(1921-1975) US author whose early career in sf followed a pattern typical of the generation whose early careers coincided with World War Two. He became involved in sf Fandom during the 1930s, and was an early member of the well-known New York fan group the Futurians, where he became friendly with such writers as Damon Knight and C M Kornbluth. His first short story, "Emergency Refueling", was published in Super Science Stories for March 1940. He studied microbiology at Rutgers, graduating in ...

Squire, J C

(1884-1958) UK author, poet, essayist, historian and literary editor whose health barred him from active service in World War One, though he was active in the Home Guard; he also wrote as by Solomon Eagle. Some of his fiction – like "The March of Progress" about Atlantis, in The Gold Tree (coll 1917 chap) – was of modest sf interest; some of the Parodies assembled in Imaginary Speeches (coll 1912) and Steps to Parnassus (coll 1913), the second published by his own firm, are executed ...

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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