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Schwartz, Ellen

(1949-    ) US born author, in Canada from 1972, who has specialized in novels for the Young Adult market and for younger readers. Of some sf interest is Jesse's Star (2000), whose young protagonist, on a school assignment to find out about his Jewish ancestors, finds an old Star of David and is Timeslipped into 1880s Russia, where he helps his family and fellow villagers escape persecution and emigrate to Canada. [JC]

Tinckner, Mary Agnes

(1833-1907) US author whose work of sf interest is San Salvador (1892), a Utopia set in a secret Italian location (see Ruritania) where, under a wise and Christ-embodying monarch whose ancestry is of Lost-Race antiquity, citizens manufacture their beautiful but practical wares by hand, after the model recently promulgated in William Morris's News from Nowhere (1890). [JC]


Animated film (2009). Pixar/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter. Written by Bob Peterson and Docter, based on a story by Docter, Peterson and Thomas McCarthy. Cast includes Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai and Christopher Plummer. 93 minutes. Colour. / A Lost World adventure with Steampunk flourishes, Up is most notable for containing two of the most effective tear-jerking scenes in cinema history. The first of these takes place at the outset of the film in an unforgettable montage that ...

Reynolds, Philip

Pseudonym of an unidentified French author (1916-?   ) whose sf novel, "Ce pourrait se passe comme ca" (1950 Ce Matin; trans Joseph F McCrindle as When and If 1952; vt It Happened Like This 1953), describes World War Three between the West and Soviet Russia in considerable detail, much of the narrative following Future War conventions where battles tend to be described minutely; nuclear weapons are eventually used, causing the destruction of London and New York and much of the ...

Emtsev, Mikhail

(1930-2003) Russian scientist and author whose most significant work was accomplished in collaboration with Eremei Parnov, also a trained scientist. They began their career with Hard-SF stories in 1961, publishing titles like Uravneniie s Blednogo Neptuna (coll 1964; title story trans Helen Saltz Jacobson as "The Pale Neptune Equation" in New Soviet Sf, anth 1979; "Dusha Mira" trans Antonina W Bouis as World Soul 1978); the latter tale combines Frankensteinian horrors with detailed (though ...

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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