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Imperial Gothic

A term used mainly in literary criticism to describe a complex of motifs, venues and paranoia-inducing utterances whose main burden – that the Western world is under deadly attack from outside its borders – is sometimes narrated in nonfantastic terms, sometimes in terms expressive of Fantastika's not always temperate concern with who rules the planet (see also Gothic SF; Secret Masters). ...

Spellbinder

Australian tv series (1995). Film Australia and Telewizja Polska. Created by Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson. Producers include Noel Price, Ron Saunders and Andrzej Stempowski. Directed by Noel Price. Writers include Ron Saunders, Mark Shirrefs and John Thomson. Cast includes Krzysztof Kumor, Andrew McFarlane, Heather Mitchell, Gosia Piotrowska and Zbych Trofimiuk. 26 23-minute episodes. Colour. / This juvenile miniseries, produced in Australia and ...

Sagnier, Thierry J

(1946-    ) US author born in France, known mostly for works on music. His sf novel The IFO Report (1983) deals with an unsuccessful effort – by a NASA scientist and several newspaper reporters – to expose a conspiracy involving unfortunate First Contact between the US Army and an Alien Spaceship. Matters end unhappily for several of the principal ...

Bujold, Lois McMaster

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "Barter" for Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine, March/April 1985. Almost all her published sf work is part of a loose series of often humorous adventures set in a future of feuding galactic colonies connected by Faster-than-Light "Wormhole jumps". Most of these stories feature members of ...

Dinosaurs [tv]

US tv series (1991-1994). Michael Jacobs Productions, Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Television (see Disney on Television). Created by Michael Jacobs and Bob Young. Directors include Bruce Bilson and Tom Trbovich. Writers include David Caplan, Tim Doyle, Brian LaPan and Rob Ulin. Voice cast includes Kevin Clash, Sam McMurray, Stuart Pankin, Sally Struthers, Jessica Walter and Jason Willinger. 65 23-minute episodes. Colour. / A family ...

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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