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de Polnay, Peter

(1906-1984) Hungarian-born author, in the UK from before World War Two. Of his very many novels, only The Stuffed Dog (1977), a Time-Travel tale, is of genre interest. [JC]

Frankenstein Unbound

Film (1990; vt Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound). Warner Brothers. Directed by Roger Corman. Written by Corman, F X Feeney, based on Frankenstein Unbound (1973) by Brian W Aldiss. Cast includes Nick Brimble, Bridget Fonda, John Hurt, Michael Hutchence, Raul Julia, Jason Patric and Katherine Rabett. 85 minutes. Colour. / This philosophical (about the dangers of the Promethean impulse) Time-Travel horror/fantasy was the first film directed by Corman for 20 years. A twenty-first-century ...

Barnes, Jonathan

(1979-    ) UK author who also writes as J S Barnes; the Somnambulist sequence beginning with The Somnambulist (2007) is a complex detective thriller set in a Steampunk version of Late Victorian London, congenially evoking some of the affirming affect created by Tim Powers in The Anubis Gates (1984) and other tales. The stage magician Edward Moon and his giant mute assistant, who is known as The Somnambulist, are drawn into the darker side of the great City. In the second ...

Waberi, Abdourahman A

(1965-    ) Djiboutian journalist and author, mostly in France from around 1985; Le Pays sans ombre (coll 1994; trans Jeanne Garane as The Land Without Shadows 2005) assembles nonfantastic stories set in his native land. He is of sf interest for Aux États-Unis d'Afrique: Roman (2006; trans David and Nicole Ball as In the United States of Africa 2009), an Alternate World tale whose history (there is no Jonbar Point) is in a sense a mirror reversal of our own. The flow ...

Junk Head

Japanese stop-motion animated film (2017; rev 2021). Yamiken. Directed and written by Takahide Hori. Voice cast includes Takahide Hori and Atsuko Miyake. 100 minutes. Colour. / Initially released as the short film Junk Head 1 (2013), which became the first 30 minutes of the 2017 full-length film discussed here (a revised version of which was released in 2021). Junk Head 1 took four years to produce and was made entirely by the self-taught Hori, an interior decorator; he had some help with ...

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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