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Thor: the Dark World

Film (2013). Marvel Studios. Directed by Alan Taylor. Written by Christopher L Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely; story by Don Payne and Robert Rodat. Cast includes Kat Dennings, Christopher Eccleston, Idris Elba, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, René Russo and Stellan Skarsgârd. 112 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / Malekith the Accursed (Eccleston), lord of Svartalfheim, is defeated by the forces of Asgard and conceals a ...


Japanese term for comic strip or comic book. Its now common use in the English-speaking world dates back to the 1990s. In English it is used to denote Japanese Comics specifically. There tends to be a connotation of the fantastic when English-speaking readers use the term. Movies based on manga include Akira (1988) and Appleseed (2004); the influence of manga is also strongly visible in Tetsuo (1989). [PN/JN] see also: Osamu Tezuka. / further reading / Frederik L Schodt. Manga! ...

Davids, Hollace

(1947-    ) Author with Paul Davids of a set of Young Adult Star Wars Ties (see Star Wars) beginning with Star Wars #1: The Glove of Darth Vader (1992); they also wrote together a Graphic Novel, The Fires of Pele (graph 1986), which purports to contain a lost journal by Mark Twain. [JC]


In sf Terminology, a ship capable of travel between the stars – one of the many sf neologisms which have passed into the language. Various aspects of such ships are discussed under Faster Than Light; Generation Starships; Spaceships; Suspended Animation; World Ships. [PN]

Chess, K

(?   -    ) US author whose first novel, Famous Men Who Never Lived (2019), revolves around the consequences of a sudden migration into contemporary New York of 150,000 refugees – selected by lot to traverse the portal – from an Alternate World America in the throes of devastation caused by World War Three. There are attempts to fix the Jonbar Point separating the two worlds as the death here in 1909 of a man due to become a famous author in the ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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