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Adams, Nicholas

A House Name initially associated with the Horror High and Nightmares series of Young Adult novels, plus other Ties; used jointly by Debra Doyle and James D Macdonald, and solo by John Peel (whose titles under this name are standalones, not ties), Sherwood Smith and others. [DRL]

Marvel Cinematic Universe

A term first used in 2008 by Kevin Feige, President of Production for Marvel Studios, to describe the array of Superheroes still remaining under Marvel Comics's full control, after various production and distribution deals over the previous years had conspicuously fragmented the overall Marvel brand, and had left the company with insufficient sway over products generated in its name. The free-for-all of those years had resulted in separate concept "philosophies" and production values and ...


US tv series (2009-2015). Harmonius Claptrap, Krasnoff Foster Productions, Russo Brothers Films, Sony Pictures Television, Universal Media Studios (UMS). Created by Dan Harmon. Directors include Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Rob Schrab and Tristram Shapeero. Writers include Andy Bobrow, Megan Ganz, Andrew Guest, Dan Harmon, Chris McKenna and Hilary Winston. Cast includes Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, Joel McHale, Danny Pudi and Jim Rash. ...

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Japanese animated tv series (2009-2010). Original title Hagane no Renkinjutsushi: Furumetaru Arukemisuto. Based on the Manga by Hiromu Arakawa. Bones. Directed by Yasuhiro Irie. Written by Hiroshi Ōnogi. Voice cast includes Unshou Ishizuka, Iemasa Kayumi, Rie Kugimiya, Shin-ichiro Miki, Kenta Miyake, Fumiko Orikasa, Romi Park, Hidekatsu Shibata, Yoko Soumi, Megumi Takamoto and Shoko Tsuda. 64 24-minute episodes, plus twenty short OVAs. Colour. / As children the Elric brothers attempted ...

Adams, John Joseph

(1976-    ) US magazine editor and anthologist, associated with The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as an editorial assistant from 2001 and assistant editor since 2004. He left F&SF in January 2010 to edit Lightspeed, launched in June that year, the first year's issues being commemorated in Lightspeed: Year One (anth 2011); he also took over Fantasy Magazine in October 2010, with his first issue as sole editor being March 2011. As of January 2012 became publisher ...

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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