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Sahakyants, Robert

(1950-2009) Armenian animator and director born in Azerbaijan; his family moved to Armenia in 1964. He studied at the Khachatur Abovyan Pedagogic Institute, though not often enough, being expelled for non-attendance in 1970; by then he had joined the Armenfilm studio as an animator. Sahakyants was appointed as a director in 1972, producing numerous cartoons. In 2008 he was made a People's Artist of the Republic of Armenia. His surname is sometimes spelt "Saakyants" or "Saakiants". / ...

Barre, Daniel

(?   -?   ) Probably pseudonymous UK author of The King's Messenger: A Wonderful Long Complete Story (1915), in which a Lost World, whose giant Black ruler has military ambitions, is discovered through a six-mile tunnel, and its sequel, The Great White Chief: A Powerful Long Romance (1915); the location is Africa, the Lost Race turns out to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, who are now Moon Worshippers (see Moon); but God – through the agency of the ...

Iliowizi, Henry

(1850-1911) Russian rabbi, poet and author, in US 1880-1910, then UK. His first collection, In the Pale: Stories and Legends of the Russian Jews (coll 1897), adheres to its titular remit; his second, The Weird Orient: Nine Mystical Tales (coll 1900), includes a Wandering Jew story, "The Doom of Al Zameri", and "The Gods in Exile" pictures the Gods of Olympus in a Lost World. [JC]

Hollow Earth

The concept of the Earth as a hollow, spherical shell with a habitable, internal concave surface accessible through polar openings or caves, or by mechanical bores, has long been a significant motif in sf. The idea's dual origins, from Religion and Pseudoscience, are still potent. Traditionally Hell was sited inside the Earth, a notion that persisted at least until the eighteenth century, when a theologian proposed that Earth's rotation was caused by the damned scrambling to escape from Hell. ...

Alien News Desk

US animated tv series (2019). Bento Box Entertainment and Broadway Video for Syfy. Created by Austin Reading and Chris Prynoski. Executive Producers include Erik Kenward, Dennis McNicholas and Andrew Singer. Directed by Lauren Andrews and Jeannette Moreno King. Writers include Scott Gairdner, Lauren Moser and Sam West. Voice cast includes Will Forte and Heidi Gardner. Twelve 22-minute episodes. Colour. / The Alien News Desk comes "live from Galactic Syndicate Studio Ship Integritus ... the ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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