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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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Carol and the End of the World

US animated tv series (2024). Netflix Animation. Created by Dan Guterman. Directed by Erica Hayes, Mollie Helms and Bert Youn. Written by Kevin Arrieta, Dan Guterman and Noah Prestwich. Voice cast includes Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Martha Kelly and Mel Rodriguez. Ten 25-35 minute episodes. Colour. / In 2002 (see Alternate History) the planet Keppler 9C (there is an exoplanet of this name) is heading towards the Earth and will collide in a ...

Defenders, The

US online tv series (2017). Netflix presents a Marvel Television, ABC Studios and Walt Disney Television production in association with Goddard Textiles and Nine and a Half Fingers Inc. Created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez. Directed by Phil Abraham, Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Farren Blackburn, Uta Briesewitz, S J Clarkson, Peter Hoar and Stephen Surjik. Written by Drew Goddard, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the ...


A plague is a disease that travels from somewhere else. Many afflictions which are difficult to transmit, like leprosy, or the legion of cancers, are not normally described here, therefore, even loosely, as plagues, and are not treated in this encyclopedia under the Pandemic heading, a term here applied to contagions that invade. Various pestilences – including bubonic or pneumonic plague – do of course meet that loose criterion. Their pedigree is deep; invasive plagues have ...

Earth: Final Conflict

American-Canadian tv series (1997-2002). Alliance Atlantis Communications and Tribune Entertainment. Created by Gene Roddenberry. Producers include Majel Barett Roddenberry, Paul Gertz, David Kirschner, and Seaton McLean. Writers include Gertz, John Whelpley, George Geiger, and D C Fontana. Directors include Brenton Spencer, Andrew Potter, Ross Clyde, and Vincenzo Natali. Cast ...

Jerrold, Douglas [2]

(1803-1857) UK playwright, columnist, magazine proprietor and editor much involved throughout his life in the London literary scene. A regular contributor to Punch, often pseudonymously, from the second issue of the magazine in 1841 until his death. At his funeral in 1857 Charles Dickens was one of the pall-bearers. Little of his work is within the genre, an exception being his savage satire on capitalism A Man Made of Money ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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