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Animated film (2008). Pixar Animation Studios/Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton. Written by Stanton and Jim Reardon, based on a story by Stanton and Pete Docter. Cast includes Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin, Elissa Knight, Sigourney Weaver. 95 minutes. Colour. / On the page it sounds implausibly avant-garde: a love story between two Robots aimed at children and told through mime. On the screen, however, it was a stunning critical and commercial success, won an Oscar and both a Hugo ...

Teratoid Guide, The

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazines Fanzine. Editor and publisher: Claude D Plume Jr. Four undated but numbered issues, 1973 to 1974. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / The Teratoid Guide attempted to list all magazines concerning any type of "fantastic" films that had been published in various countries up to and including 1973. Its subtitle was "The International Guide to Magazines dealing with Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films". This admirably ambitious ...

Smith, Titus K

(1859-?   ) US author of Altruria (1895), a Utopia couched in the form of a letter from a resident of the ideal City of Altruria, whose name specifically relates to William Dean Howell's ironic A Traveler from Altruria: Romance (November 1892-October 1893 Cosmopolitan; 1894), Smith's presentation, which lacks irony, jumbles together Howells and ideas from Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), with an emphasis on the essential altruism of Homo sapiens. The Book Agent: His Book ...


Japanese animated tv series (2015); original title Gakkō Gurashi! Based on the Manga by Sadoru Chiba and Norimitsu Kaihō. Lerche. Directed by Masaomi Ando. Written by Norimitsu Kaihō. Voice cast includes Mao Ichimichi, Ai Kayano, Inori Minase, Ari Ozawa and Rie Takahashi. Twelve 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Yuki Takeya (Minase) loves school so much she lives there: the first episode has her happily mingling with her many fellow pupils, enthusing about her life. However, some ...

Hulme-Beaman, Emeric

(1864-1937) Indian-born author, in UK from 1882 or earlier, one of nineteen children of the military surgeon Arden Hulme Beaman (1828-1915), several of whom were authors; he wrote at least four thrillers as by Ben Strong in collaboration with William Senior Ellis (1876-1940). The feats of the mysterious protagonist of his Ozmar sequence, Ozmar the Mystic (1896) and The Prince's Diamond (1898), reflect his long immersion in Theosophy. The Mad Scientist protagonist of The Experiment of Doctor ...

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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