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Jaffery, Sheldon

(1934-2003) US attorney, editor and bibliographer. In the latter capacity he concentrated on fantasy and horror, beginning with Horrors and Unpleasantries: A Bibliographical History and Collector's Price Guide to Arkham House (1982; rev vt The Arkham House Companion) [for full subtitle see Checklist] (1989) a bibliography of Arkham House productions. His guides to Weird Tales – ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of The Blue Shirts (1926), a Near Future political thriller in which the eponymous para-legal cadre attempts to create a Socialist Republic of Great Britain. Several separate Fascist organizations, each known as The Blue Shirts, were founded in or around 1932 in China, Ireland, Portugal; members of the Parti national social chrétien in mid-1930s ...

Sailor Moon

1. Sailor Moon. Japanese animated tv series (1992-1993). Original title Bishōjo Senshi Sērā Mūn. Based on the Manga by Naoko Takeuchi. Toei Animation. Directed by Junichi Sato. Written by Sukehiro Tomita. Voice cast includes Mika Doi, Rika Fukami, Keiko Han, Aya Hisakawa, Chiyoko Kawashima, Kotono Mitsuishi, Emi Shinohara, Michie Tomizawa and Noriko Uehara. 46 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Fourteen-year-old Usagi ...

Ad Astra [film]

Film (2019). New Regency Pictures, Bona Film Group, Keep Your Head. Directed by James Gray. Written by Gray and Ethen Gross. Cast includes Loren Dean, Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler. 123 minutes. Colour. / Several decades into an undated Near Future, the US Space Command sends po-faced Major Roy McBride (Pitt) to Mars on an urgent mission to attempt to communicate at long-distance with his ...

Ransmayr, Christoph

(1954-    ) Austrian editor and author, active from the late 1970s, mostly in Ireland 1994-2006. His first novel, Die Schrecken des Eises und der Finsternis (1984; trans John E Woods as The Terrors of Ice and Darkness 1991) verges upon but does not engage with the aura of Fantastika that tends to influence novels set in unexplored Arctic regions. His second, Die letzte Welt ...

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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...

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