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Arthur C Clarke Award

This award has been given since 1987 for the best sf novel whose UK first edition was published during the previous calendar year, and consists of an inscribed bookend and a sum of money from a grant initially donated by Arthur C Clarke. In 2001 the prize money – until then a constant £1000 – was increased to £2001 as a gesture to 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968); it has since risen by ...

Kehuan Shijie

[Literally "SF World", although the publisher's preferred translation is "Science Fiction World"] The journal of record of the modern sf community in China, Kehuan Shijie was founded in 1979 in Chengdu, Sichuan, as the State-supported Kexue Wenyi ["Science Literature and Art"], one of several magazines that sprang up amid a post-Mao renewal of interest in science popularization. However, with a sudden reversal in the Party line on sf, and claims that the ...

Parasyte -the maxim-

Japanese animated tv series (2014-2015). Original title Kiseijû: Sei no kakuritsu. Based on the Manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki. Madhouse. Written by Shinzô Fujita, Hitoshi Iwaaki and Shôji Yonemura. Directed by Kenichi Shimizu. Voice cast includes Aya Hirano, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Atsuko Tanaka and Makoto Yasumura. 24 24-minute episodes. Colour. / A wormlike ...

Miller, Frank

(1957-    ) US Comic-book writer and artist, with a distinctive fragmented narrative technique; also film scriptwriter and director. During 1979-1985 Miller worked on Marvel Comics's Daredevil, producing work that was later re-released in three collections: Child's Play (graph coll 1988), Marked for Death (graph coll 1990) and Gang War (graph coll 1992). He then ...

Journey to the Center of the Earth

1. Film (1959). Twentieth Century Fox. Produced by Charles Brackett. Directed by Henry Levin. Written by Walter Reisch, Brackett, based on Voyage au centre de la terre (1864) by Jules Verne. Cast includes Diane Baker, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl, Thayer David, James Mason and Peter Ronson. 132 minutes. Colour. / A lively and literate screenplay (cowritten by producer Brackett, one of the Hollywood giants), vigorous if stereotyped ...

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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