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Animatrix, The

Cycle of nine short Anime films (2003) by a variety of hands and studios under the Warner Brothers/Village Roadshow production umbrella, expanding the world of The Matrix (1999) as a novel experiment in Shared-World cinema. Two films, Kid and Final Flight of the Osiris, serve as direct prequels to The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and were released theatrically as supporting features to other Warner Brothers films; the full cycle was released on DVD to synchronize with the film sequel's release. The ...

Lunts, Lev N

(1901-1924) Russian playwright, critic, translator and author, founder of the Serapion Brothers, a group of experimentalist authors, whose name he took from E T A Hoffmann's collection of that name. He is of specific sf interest for The City of Truth (trans John Silver from manuscript 1929), in which a surreal search by soldiers for the heart of Mother Russia deposits them in a Utopian City where emotions have been transcended. [JC]

Watson, Simon

(?   -    ) UK author of No Man's Land (1975), set in a Dystopian Near Future Britain based on a coercive concentration of the working class in high-rise tenements. As something similar happened in the real world during the twentieth century – a process morganatically wedded to the English Garden Suburb movement, which bequeathed good lives upon middle-class inhabitants – the outcome, in which a young lad transformatively escapes bondage and helps ...

Pulley, Natasha

(1988-    ) UK teacher and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Watchmaker of Filigree Street" in Alt Hist for June 2011 as by N K Pulley, a tale she expanded into the first volume of her Steampunk Watchmaker of Filigree Street Universe series. The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (2015) is set in an Alternate History version of Victorian London, where a Japanese watchmaker distressingly shows himself able to scry (or remember) various futures, all it ...

Atkinson, Kate

(1951-    ) UK author, long resident in Scotland, whose novels have consistently engaged in postmodern plays with fictionality, though not in her early work with any sustained intent at undermining the non-fantastic modes she has occupied, which include the family history and the crime novel. The Jackson Brodie books, featuring a retired detective, very nearly however demolish the claim to realism through their witty recourse to cascades of coincidence and narrative ...

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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