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Frame, Janet

(1924-2004) New Zealand author, best known for her non-fantastic work; some of her stories – especially those assembled in Snowman, Snowman: Fables and Fantasies (coll 1963) and You Are Now Entering the Human Heart (coll 1983) – are fantasy. The most intense of her several novels explore the world through the telling Perceptions of protagonists categorized as psychiatrically disturbed, situations frequently described in terms that utilize the languages of the fantastic, though ...

Sky Crawlers

Japanese animated film (2008). Production I.G, Polygon Pictures. Directed by Mamoru Oshii. Written by Chihiro Itō. Cast includes Ryō Kase, Rinko Kikuchi, Chiaki Kuriyama and Shōsuke Tanihara. 122 minutes. Colour. / In a world at peace, humanity's belligerent instincts find an outlet in a televised aerial Future War managed by competing private corporations (see Games and Sports). The pilots in the conflict are "Kildren", human Clones who can be swiftly replaced with ...

Hussey, David

(?   -    ) UK author of a Utopia, No Sting, No Honey (1938), set on a South Pacific Island where women, following Eugenic precepts, have transformed themselves into the dominant sex (see Feminism). [JC]


1. Film (1987). Orion. Directed by Paul Verhoeven. Written by Michael Miner, Edward Neumeier. Cast includes Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox, Robert DoQui, Miguel Ferrer, Daniel O'Herlihy, Kurtwood Smith and Peter Weller. 102 minutes. (Director's cut 103 minutes.) Colour. / In a Near Future Dystopian Detroit – almost as though RoboCop's makers were aware of the calamities which would bankrupt the city in the early twenty-first century – police officer Alex Murphy (Weller) joins Metro West ...

Craigie, David

Pseudonym used by theatre costume designer, illustrator and author Dorothy Glover (1901-1971) on her sf books for Young Adults. As Dorothy Craigie, she wrote numerous stories for younger children, from Summersalts Circus (1947) to Nicky and Nigger Join the Circus (1960); also as Dorothy Craigie she illustrated children's books, including Graham Greene's four in the genre, with whom she also lived during the 1940s and with whom wrote Victorian Detective Fiction: A Catalogue of the Collection ...

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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