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Sarah Jane Adventures, The

UK tv series (2007-2011). Created by Russell T Davies for BBC Wales. Producers include Davies, Julie Gardner, Nikki Smith, and Phil Ford. Directors include Joss Agnew, Alice Troughton, and Graeme Harper. Writers include Davies, Ford, and Gareth Roberts. Cast includes Daniel Anthony, Tommy Knight, Anjli Mohindra (season 2 and onwards), Yasmin Paige (season 1) and Elisabeth Sladen. 60-minute pilot followed by 46 30-minute episodes. / The second season of the rejuvenated Doctor Who ...

Cărtărescu, Mircea

(1956-    ) Romanian teacher, poet and author, active from around 1978. He is of some sf interest for his first novel, Visul ["The Dream"] (1989; uncensored version, vt Nostalgia 1993; trans Julian Semilian 2005), where an exorbitant use of the topoi of Fantastika are assembled (and re-assembled through the five disparate sections of the work) into a kaleidoscopic rendering of the fractured reality of a state like Romania during and after the plague of totalitarianism. ...

Space Opera

A popular item of sf Terminology, echoing the practice (dating from the 1920s) of referring to Westerns as "horse operas", and more immediately the term "soap operas" (from 1938) for never-ending Radio series: when Radio was the principal medium of home entertainment in the USA, daytime serials intended for housewives were often sponsored by soap-powder companies, and hence the nickname. "Soap opera" was quickly generalized to refer to any corny domestic drama. The pattern was extended into sf ...

Conner, Michael

(1951-    ) US author, some of whose books have been published as by Mike Conner, who began to publish work of genre interest with "Extinction of Confidence, the Exercise of Honesty" for New Constellations (anth 1976) edited by Thomas M Disch and Charles Naylor (1942-2005). He later won a 1992 Nebula for "Guide Dog" (May 1991 F&SF) as by Mike Connor [sic: erroneously so listed in the magazine contents]. Conner's first novel, I Am Not the Other Houdini (1978; vt The ...

Legion of Super-Heroes

Comic-book series about a group of diversely Superpowered youths in the thirtieth and thirty-first centuries, published by DC Comics. The Legion of Super-Heroes first appeared in Adventure Comics #247 (April 1958) in a Superboy story written by Otto Binder (see Eando Binder) and then featured in various Superman titles (ed Mort Weisinger) before gaining their own series in Adventure Comics #300. Writers have included Jerry Siegel, Edmond Hamilton, Paul Levitz, Mark Waid and Jim Shooter, whose ...

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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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