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Smith, Basil A

(1908-1969) UK author and Church of England clergyman; of genre interest are his five stories, unpublished during his lifetime and posthumously assembled as The Scallion Stone (coll 1980); these have been compared to the horror tales of M R James (1862-1936), with whose work he was familiar. Two feature supernatural phenomena with Horror in SF overtones. "The Scallion Stone" (August 1977 Whispers) hints at a tentacled biological Monster from the sea; "The Propert Bequest" also has a creature ...

Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts

US animated tv series (2020). DreamWorks Animation Television. Created by Radford Sechrist, based on his web Comic Kipo (2015). Developed for television by Bill Wolkoff. Executive Producers Yoo Jae Myung, Radford Sechrist and Bill Wolkoff. Directors include Matt Ahrens, Michael Chang, Chase Conley and Bridget Underwood. Writers include Christopher Amick, Joanna Lewis, Ben Mekler, Kristine Songco and Bill Wolkoff. Voice cast includes Dee Bradley Baker, Sterling K Brown, Deon Cole, Karen ...

Eisenstein, Alex

(1945-    ) US author and illustrator whose fiction has been exclusively in collaboration with his wife, Phyllis Eisenstein, beginning with "The Trouble with the Past" for New Dimensions 1 (anth 1971) edited by Robert Silverberg; although only between five and ten stories are bylined with both names, their collaborative efforts extend throughout her work. Eisenstein is specifically credited with co-authoring three of the tales assembled in Night Lives: Nine Stories of the ...

X-Men

US Comic-book series, created by Jack Kirby and Stan Lee for Marvel Comics in 1963. Kirby drew the first 11 issues and Lee wrote the first 19. Not as immediately successful as Marvel's other properties, it had an initial 66-issue run, and then ran reprints until #93 (1974). A new team of X-Men was introduced in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (cover dated May 1975, released in February). The success of this issue led to a relaunch of the series with #94 later that year. Many highly regarded artists have ...

Tarkovsky, Andrei

(1932-1987) Russian film-maker. A graduate of the Soviet State Film School, Tarkovsky attained prominence in Russia with his first film, Ivanovo Detstvo (1962; vt Ivan's Childhood; vt My Name Is Ivan), the story of an orphan cut off behind enemy lines during World War Two. With his next feature, Andrei Roublev (1966; release delayed until 1971), Tarkovsky fell foul of the Soviet censors with his dark vision of the life of the fifteenth-century icon painter. His sf reputation rests on two long ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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