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Shaw, Barclay

(1949-    ) American artist. After brief employment as a sculptor and woodworker, Shaw received additional training at the New England School of Art and Design and did some freelance work in advertising before moving into sf art. He began his career in 1979 with two covers for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (to be followed by several more) as well as one for Cinefantastique, and he was soon painting book covers as well. His early paintings often depicted subtly ...

Ley, Willy

(1906-1969) German-born scientist and scientific writer who emigrated to the USA in 1935. In Germany he had published his first book, Die Fahrt ins Weltall ["Journey into Space"] (1926); his second, the anthology Die Möglichkeit der Weltraumfahrt: Allgemeinverständliche Beiträge zum Raumschiffahrtsproblem ["The Possibility of Interplanetary Travel"] (1928), assembled essays by Hermann Oberth, and other members of the extremely influential Verein für Raumschiffahrt [the ...

Chen Jiatong

(1987-    ) Chinese author, a master's graduate from the Beijing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics whose success was greatly augmented after his debut novel Bai Hu Dila yu Yueliang Shi ["Dilah and the Moonstone"] (2014; trans Jennifer Feeley as White Fox 2019) was recommended by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television as one of "100 Excellent Books" for young readers in 2015, and made a compulsory text in some Shanghai primary ...


1. Film (1976). Red Bank/United Artists. Directed by Brian De Palma. Written Lawrence D Cohen, based on Carrie (1974) by Stephen King. Cast includes Nancy Allen, Amy Irving, Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek and John Travolta. 98 minutes. Colour. / This was the breakthrough film for a director who had worked with fantastic subjects before, notably with Sisters (1972) and Phantom of the Paradise (1974). Only borderline sf, more centrally a Horror film, Carrie tells of a repressed and innocent child ...

Grandville, J J

Pseudonym of French caricaturist and illustrator Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard (1803-1847), active from the mid-1820s to 1835, primarily as a caricaturist (until the imposition of prior censorship on political cartoons in 1835). He is of overall interest as a creator of images of Fantastika beginning with Les Métamorphoses du jour ["Metamorphoses of the Day"] (graph 1829) [for revised edition see Checklist], featuring caricatures of known figures conveyed through images with human ...

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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