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US magazine; letter-size and on Slick paper; 13 issues, Spring 1978 to October 1981; published by M W Communications Inc (William G Wilson and Robert V Michelucci), Pittsburgh; edited by William G Wilson Jr. The final, redesigned issue, had a new title: Quest/Star, subtitled "The World of Science Fiction". / Questar began as a media Semiprozine largely devoted to talk about Comics and sf Cinema. The third issue (March 1979) introduced interior colour illustration and a greater concentration ...

Pawle, Hanbury

(1886-1972) UK soldier, politician and author of Before Dawn (1955), a Future History of conservative hue, in which Christianity triumphs against Communism. [JC]

Shepard, Jim

(1956-    ) US academic and author, active from the 1990s. Some of the short stories assembled in his third collection, Like You'd Understand, Anyway (coll 2007), are of sf interest. Nosferatu (1997; vt Nosferatu in Love 1998), though nonfantastic, conceives of F W Murnau (1888-1931) as being intimately haunted by the protagonist of his most famous film, Nosferatu (1922). / Shepard is of specific sf interest for his eighth novel, the Near Future Phase Six (2021). The ...

Wonder 3, The

Japanese animated tv series (1965-1966; vt W3; vt The Amazing 3). Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka, though with new stories. Mushi Productions. Directed by Taku Sugiyama. Writers include Osamu Tezuka and Ichirō Wakabayashi. Voice cast includes Shinsuke Chikaishi, Yoshio Kaneuchi, Yasuo Kojima, Kazuko Sawada and Fuyumi Shiraishi. 52 27-minute episodes. Black & White. / In 1970 the Galaxy's politicians (see Politics) argue over whether our War-riven planet should be saved or ...

Weintraub, William

(1926-2017) Canadian journalist, filmmaker and author, active from the 1950s; he is of sf interest for The Underdogs (1979), a Near Future Satire on Canadian politics where an independent socialist Quebec nearing bankruptcy (see Politics) oppresses its English minority; the play version of this tale, The Underdogs: A Play (1998), was never produced. [JC]

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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