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Tangent, Patrick Quinn

Pseudonym of US author George Hamilton Phelps (1854-?   ) US author of The New Columbia; Or, the Re-United States (1909) as by P Q Tangent, a somewhat coercive Utopia set in a Near Future where Canada has been assimilated into America, dissidents are deported, and a socialist government, rather harsher than its model in Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), governs all. [JC]

Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize for Literature, chosen annually by the Swedish Academy – with occasional no-award years during World War One and World War Two – is not of course a genre Award. Below are listed the Nobel laureates in this category who have written sf or near-sf to the extent that they receive entries in the present encyclopedia. In addition to the honour, laureates receive a cash prize currently set at eight million Swedish kronor, roughly £730,000 or $900,000 in 2017. The ...

Attack on Titan

Japanese animated tv series (2013-current). Original title Shingeki no Kyojin. Based on the Manga by Hajime Isayama. Wit Studio, MAPPA. Directed by Tetsurō Araki, Yūichirō Hayashi, Masashi Koizuka and Jun Shishido. Written by Yasuko Kobayashi and Hiroshi Seko. Voice cast includes Marina Inoue, Yui Ishikawa, Yuuki Kaji and Romi Park. 75 24-minute episodes (and 8 OVAs). Colour. / Within three concentric walls – each 50 metres high, the outermost with a radius of 480km ...

Sleep No More

Radio anthology series (1956-1957). NBC Radio Network. Producers included Kenneth MacGregor. Announcer: Ben Grauer. Cast includes Nelson Olmstead (1914-1992). 24 15-minute and later 30-minute episodes. / Authors who had stories adapted included Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe and others. Surviving sf episodes include "Conqueror's Isle" (June 1946 Blue Book) by Nelson S Bond, previously adapted for the radio series Escape (1947-1954); "Thus I Refute Beelzy" ...


There has been some sf in Albanian since the late 1960s, but not until 1978 was the first sf book published there. By 1991 there had been about a dozen, of which five were by Thanas Qerama, a prolific writer and also an editor of juvenile science magazines; examples are Roboti i pabindur ["Disobedient Robot"] (coll 1981), Një javë në vitin 2044 ["One Week in the Year 2044"] (1982) and Misteri i tempullit të lashtë ["Mystery of the Old Church"] (1987). The following ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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