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City of Ember

Film (2008). Walden Media/20th Century Fox. Directed by Gil Kenan. Written by Caroline Thompson, based on the novel The City of Ember (2003) by Jeanne DuPrau. Cast includes Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Saoirse Ronan and Harry Treadaway. 92 minutes. Colour. / Faced with an unnamed global Disaster, a group of Scientists construct an ...

Kimberly, Gail

(1927-2011) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Prince and the Physician" for Medical Opinion & Review in 1969, with her first outright sf publication being "The Face of the Enemy" in Science Fiction Adventures from Way Out (anth 1973) edited by Roger Elwood. She was moderately productive in short forms through the 1970s and fell silent after 1998. Kimberly wrote Young Adult ...

Miller, Chuck

Working name of US publisher and anthologist Charles Franklin Miller II (1952-2015), sometimes bylined Charles F Miller. For his publishing activities see Underwood-Miller Inc. For his works – including several nonfiction Anthologies of writings on Stephen King and one on Jack Vance, all edited in collaboration with his Underwood-Miller partner Tim ...


A fanzine is an Amateur Magazine produced by sf fans and increasingly defined by its focus on Fandom and individual fans rather than on science fiction or sf stories. The term "fanzine", first coined by Russ (Louis Russell) Chauvenet in the October 1940 issue of his magazine Detours, has since been borrowed and used by Comics collectors, wargamers, underground publishers, music fans and other ...

Villiers de L'Isle-Adam

Working name of French poet, playwright and author Jean-Marie-Mathias-Philippe-Auguste, Comte de Villiers de L'Isle-Adam (1838-1889); he was an extremely impoverished member of a minor branch of the Villiers de L'Isle-Adam family, long prominent in Brittany. Active as a poet from about 1859, even his first work, Premières poésies (coll 1859 chap), expressing the extremist Decadence that governed his contrarian stance as regards his ...

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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