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Nines, The

Film (2007). Destination Films/Jinks-Cohen Company. Written and directed by John August. Cast includes Hope Davis, Elle Fanning, Melissa McCarthy, Ryan Reynolds and Octavia Spencer. 100 minutes. Colour. / Perturbations in reality intrude on an actor, a television showrunner, and a Videogame auteur (all Reynolds), whose worlds interlock without overlapping; all three Identities are revealed as Avatars of a Nine, a trans-Dimensional being who has become addicted to and trapped in the world of ...


Canadian-American animated tv series (2017-2018). Nelvana, Corus Entertainment, The Topps Company. Created by Sean Jara. Directed by Matt Ferguson. Writers include Sean Jara, Stephanie Kaliner and Grant Sauve. Voice cast includes Valerie Buhagiar, Nicki Burke, Alyson Court, Stacey DePass, Joshua Graham, Katie Griffin, Evany Rosen and Ana Sani. 40 23-minute episodes. Colour. / Planet Gemina's Drake City blends Science and Sorcery, having Technology such as flying vehicles, futuristic ...

Valens, E G

(1920-1992) US journalist, documentary film maker and author who is of sf interest for Cybernaut: A Space Poem (1968 chap), a narrative poem set in the Near Future and eulogizing the space programme. [JC]

Fantasy Fiction

1. US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, May and November 1950, published by Magabook, edited by Curtis Mitchell. "Old and New Fantasy Stories but Always the Best" was the slogan of this short-lived magazine, whose stories were largely reprinted from general Pulps of the 1930s and early 1940s. It also offered prizes for reports of true fantastic experiences and haunted houses. #2 was retitled Fantasy Stories, carried a lengthy UFO feature ("Flying Saucer Secrets Blabbed by Mad Pilot", as the ...


Letter-size saddle-stapled Television magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and middle-grade paper. HSJ Publications. Editor: Robert Strauss. Possibly sixteen issues on a quarterly schedule, 1984 to 1989. / One of the very few publications devoted to Fantasy and science fiction television programmes, this title is now largely forgotten but served an important purpose in the years before the Internet. Television episode guides were then almost impossible to find except as occasional ...

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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