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Leslie, Peter

(1922-2000) UK author, journalist and actor, most of whose books were borderline-sf Ties contributed to Television spin-off series, beginning with two titles tied to The Avengers (1961-1969): Deadline (1965) and Dead Duck (1966), both as by Patrick Macnee but probably entirely ghostwritten by Leslie. His tales for the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968) series began with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #5: The Finger in the Sky Affair (1966) and ended with The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #17: The Unfair Fare ...


Term used to describe a form of perspective projection sometimes used in Videogames, particularly in those intended for older hardware, for which it could be technically advantageous. Some mathematical complexities are involved, but in essence an isometric view is one in which the lines of perspective are not linear, as in post-Renaissance European art, but parallel, as in classical Chinese scrolls. Thus objects appear in three dimensions but do not diminish with distance. This can allow ...

Orlacs Hände

1. Film (1924; vt The Hands of Orlac). Pan Film. Directed by Robert Wiene. Written by Louis Nerz, based on Les mains d'Orlac (15 May-12 July 1920 L'Intransigeant; 1921; trans as The Hands of Orlac 1929; new trans 1981) by Maurice Renard. Cast includes Carmen Cartellieri, Fritz Kortner, Alexandra Sorina and Conrad Veidt. 92 minutes, cut to 70 minutes. Black and white. / In this Austrian film from the director of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1919), a pianist whose injured hands have been ...

Petyo, Robert

(?   -    ) US author of The Institute (1978), an authoritarian Dystopia not perhaps very cogently described. [JC]

Atomic Betty

Canadian-French animated tv series (2004-2008; vt Atomic Betty: Mission Earth). Atomic Cartoons, Breakthrough Entertainment, Télé Images Kids. Created by Trevor Bentley, Mauro Casalese, Bob Davies and Olaf Miller. Directors include Mauro Casalese, Virginie Jallot and Ridd Sorensen. Writers include Jono Howard, Kevin Gillis and Mike Kubat. Voice cast includes Colin Fox, Bruce Hunter, Tajja Isen, Debra McGrath, Mike Marshall and Rick Miller. 78 episodes, usually containing two ...

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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