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Oppel, Kenneth

(1967-    ) Canadian author most of whose early work, beginning with an adolescent fantasy, Colin's Fantastic Video Adventure (1985), comprises Young Adult fantasy series, including the Silverwing Universe sequence [not listed below] and the Matt Curse sequence beginning with Airborn (2004), a Steampunk sequence set in an Alternate History version of Victorian England dominated by Airships, at least one of them being a Ship of Fools. The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein ...

Thor

Film (2011). Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present a Marvel Studios production. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz and Don Payne, story J Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich, based on the comic books created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, and Jack Kirby. Cast includes Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman and Stellan Skarsgård. 110 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / A key component in the ambitious ...

Lewis, Brian

(1929-1978) British artist. After education at a technical school, he worked as a technical artist for Decca Radar until 1960, although he began doing interior art for John Carnell's New Worlds in 1954 and in 1957 began painting covers for that magazine, while also working for its sister magazines Science Fiction Adventures and Science Fantasy. / Although Lewis's early covers were realistic, often foregrounding rather stiff-looking people, his cover for the December 1957 issue of Science ...

Barron, Neil

(1934-2010) US bibliographer and book editor, trained as a librarian, who received a Pilgrim Award in 1982 for his work; he has produced some of the liveliest and most readable scholarship in sf, notably in the five well-researched editions of Anatomy of Wonder: Science Fiction (1976; exp vt Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction: Second Edition 1981; further exp vt Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction: Third Edition 1987; further exp vt Anatomy of Wonder 4 ...

Shunn, William

(1967-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Cut Without Hands" (in LDSF-2: Latter-Day Science Fiction, anth 1985, edited by Benjamin Urrutia). The longer stories in his first collection, An Alternate History of the 21st Century (coll 2007 chap), tellingly and concisely ironize the Clichés and tropes of Genre SF, but without destroying their use as toolkit. "Not of this Fold" applies to the conventions of the First Contact tale – in ...

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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