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Somewhere in Time

Film (1980). Universal Pictures. Directed by Jeannot Swzarc. Screenplay by Richard Matheson based on his novel Bid Time Return (1975). Produced by Stephen Deutsch and Ray Stark (uncredited). Cast includes Susan French, Christopher Reeve, Christopher Plummer, Jane Seymour, George Voskovec, Teresa Wright. 103 minutes. Colour. / 1972: as young Richard Collier (Reeve) celebrates the debut of his play, an aged woman (French) approaches, places a pocket watch in his hand and says "Come back to ...

Killough, Lee

(1942-    ) US author and Chief Technologist at the Department of Radiology, Kansas State University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. She began publishing sf with "Caveat Emptor" for Analog in May 1970, and until she began to focus primarily on novels around 1985 published about thirty stories, perhaps most notably the tales assembled as Aventine (coll of linked stories 1982), set in an artist's colony in a decadent future whose resemblance to that depicted in J G ...

Pallen, Condé B

(1858-1929) US author and editor; in the latter capacity he was one of the editors, with C G Herbermann and others, of The Catholic Encyclopedia (1907-1918 15vols). Crucible Island: A Romance, an Adventure and an Experiment (1919), a Dystopia, describes the disillusioning experiences of a young radical who is transported to the Island of Schlectland, where socialism has been allowed to run rampant for two decades, and who comes to his senses while falling in love with the daughter of a longtime ...

Mind Game

Japanese animated film (2004). Based on the Manga by Robin Nishi. Studio 4°C. Directed and written by Masaaki Yuasa. Voice cast includes Takashi Fujii, Koji Imada, Sayaka Maeda and Seiko Takuma. 103 minutes. Colour. / After an opening fast-cut montage, set to ominous music, of events surrounding the life of 20 year old aspiring manga artist Nishi (Imada), we see him running into his old school crush, Myon (Maeda). Then their relationship had gone nowhere because of his indecisiveness; ...

Smith, Garret

(1878-1954) US journalist, newspaper editor and author who was active with sf stories in magazines like The Argosy, where several novels appeared. Only Between Worlds (11 October-8 November 1919 Argosy Weekly; 1929), one of his weakest, reached book form; it is a semi-juvenile tale that begins on a Dystopian Venus and concludes on Earth, with female protagonists plotting to conquer the world (see Women in SF). Of more interest are "On the Brink of 2000" (January 1910 Argosy) and Treasures of ...

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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