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Goron, Marie-François

(1847-1933) French soldier from 1865, and police officer from 1881, eventually head of the Sûreté, best known for Les Memoires de M Goron: Ancien Chef de la Sûreté ["Memoires of Monsieur Goron: Former Head of the Sûreté"] (1897). With Émile Gautier, he wrote the Fleur de Bagne sequence – Fleur de Bagne, roman contemporain (1901 Le Journal; 1902 3vols; trans Brian ...

Junk Head

Japanese stop-motion animated film (2017; rev 2021). Yamiken. Directed and written by Takahide Hori. Voice cast includes Takahide Hori and Atsuko Miyake. 100 minutes. Colour. / Initially released as the short film Junk Head 1 (2013), which became the first 30 minutes of the 2017 full-length film discussed here (a revised version of which was released in 2021). Junk Head 1 took four years to produce and was made entirely by the ...

Timlin, William M

(1892-1943) UK-born architect, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1912. The Ship that Sailed to Mars: A Fantasy (graph 1923), his only fiction, is more fantasy than sf, though it does describe in glowing detail the fitting up of a Spaceship and its trip to Mars, where extravagant Monsters are encountered. But Timlin's astonishingly evocative illustrations to the text – for which ...

Marcus, Ben

(1967-    ) US author whose work has from the first explored with exuberant gonzo ambitiousness a wide range of Postmodernist story-telling strategies (see Equipoise; Postmodernism and SF), generally creating through disjunct or colliding topoi an anatomy of modern America far beyond the range of mimetic fiction as that form continues occasionally to be written in the twenty-first century (see ...

Red Planet Mars

Film (1952). Melaby Pictures/United Artists. Directed by Harry Horner. Written by John L Balderston (1889-1954), Anthony Veiller, based on the play Red Planet (produced in New York in late 1932; 1933 chap) by Balderston, John E Hoare. Cast includes Peter Graves, Andrea King and Marvin Miller. 87 minutes. Black and white. / Two young US scientists, man and wife, pick up television transmissions apparently from Mars. These messages (confusingly) ...

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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