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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Harris, W S

(1865-1956) US minister and author, whose Sermons by the Devil (coll 1904) contain elements of Christian fantasy, and whose Life in a Thousand Worlds (1905) is a mildly fictionalized Fantastic Voyage through our solar system and beyond; the protagonist examines a large number of societies (some Utopian, some Dystopian) on a variety of planets (see ...

Forbidden Planet

Film (1956). MGM. Directed by Fred McLeod Wilcox. Written by Cyril Hume, based on a story by Irving Block and Allen Adler. Cast includes Anne Francis, Earl Holliman, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Pidgeon and Warren Stevens. 98 minutes. Colour. / Although Wilcox was new to sf Cinema – his best-known film was Lassie Come Home (1943) – Forbidden Planet is one of the most ...

Close Enough

US animated tv series (2020-current). Cartoon Network Studios, Studio T. Created by J G Quintel. Directed by J G Quintel, Sean Szeles and Calvin Wong. Writers include Chris Kula, Minty Lewis, Matt Price, Marlena Rodriguez and Deepak Sethi. Voice cast includes Jessica DiCicco, Kimiko Glenn, Jason Mantzoukas, J G Quintel and Gabrielle Walsh. Sixteen 23-minute episodes to date (usually split into two stories). Colour. / Husband and wife Josh Singleton (Quintel) and Emily Ramirez (Walsh) ...

Wang Lixiong

(1953-    ) Chinese political activist and author, whose sole genre novel to date was banned in the People's Republic but widely read among overseas Chinese. The son of a screenwriter and the vice-president of an automobile factory, Wang was exiled to the Chinese countryside from 1969-1973 for "re-education" during the Cultural Revolution. His father committed suicide in 1968. Rehabilitated as a model worker and permitted to attend the Jilin ...

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 ...

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