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Keyes, Noel

Pseudonym of British-born US author and anthologist David Noel Keightley (1932-2017), whose Contact (anth 1963) is a theme Anthology dealing with meetings of humans and Aliens (see First Contact). According to L W Currey, Sam Moskowitz "served as an anonymous collaborator and selected some of the contents". [PN/DRL]

Astra Lost in Space

Japanese animated tv series (2019). Original title Kanata no Asutora. Based on the online Manga by Kenta Shinohara. Lerche. Directed by Masaomi Andō. Written by Norimitsu Kaihō. Voice cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Risae Matsuda, Inori Minase, Hitomi Nabatame and Shunsuke Takeuchi. Twelve usually 24-minute episodes (1 and 12 double length). Colour. / In 2063, eight high school students and a ten-year-old are going to camp for five days together on the planet McPa, unsupervised. ...


US professional downloadable Online Magazine co-founded by Damon Caporaso, Dave Comery and Jay Tomio, with Tomio as the editor-in-chief. It ran for six issues, each long delayed, from August 2006 to Spring 2009. Each issue was beautifully designed with emphasis given to striking artwork and features, most of which looked better on screen than when downloaded. Each issue ran just two or three short stories, most of which were more fantastic than sf, though Edward Morris's recursive "On the Air" ...

Irwin, Robert

(1946-    ) UK academic and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: the dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing through a Portal into a deeper dream [for Arabian Nightmare and Portal see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. ...

Merle, Robert

(1908-2004) Algerian-born French author, in France from 1918, recipient of the Prix Goncourt in 1949, known primarily for his work outside the sf field. His Un animal doué de raison (1967; trans Helen Weaver as The Day of the Dolphin 1969) is an ingenious examination of scientific and political ethics following the main character's breakthrough in Communication with dolphins, along the lines promulgated by John C Lilly (1915-2001), whose life and career inspired the tale. A film version, ...

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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