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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 ...

What's So Bad about Feeling Good?

Film (1968). Universal Pictures. Produced and directed by George Seaton. Written by Robert Pirosh and Seaton, based on I Am Thinking of My Darling: An Adventure Story (1943) by Vincent McHugh. Cast includes Jeanne Arnold, Dom DeLuise, Mary Tyler Moore, George Peppard, Susan Saint James, Gillian Spencer and Don Stroud. 94 minutes. Colour. / Artist Pete (Peppard) is living in a commune loft in New York with ...

Offin, T W

(1834-1913) UK author of How the Germans Took London: Forewarned, Forearmed (1900 chap), a late contribution to the Battle of Dorking subgenre of Future War tales hinging on the Invasion of an unprepared Britain. Mrs Grundy's Zoo: A Political Play (1908 chap) is a Satirical sketch. [JC]

Priestley, Margaret

(1920-2005) UK academic historian and author who, with Meriol Trevor, created in childhood a Parallel World called the World Dionysius, a Shared World where both later set several novels. Priestley's were The Ring of Fortune (1948), the first to be published, The Three Queens (1950) and Tomay Is Loyal (1951). They were marginally less ...

Superman II

Film (1980). Dovemead/International Film Production. Directed by Richard Lester (but see below). Written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman (and, as "creative consultant", Tom Mankiewicz) from a story by Puzo. Cast includes Ned Beatty, Sarah Douglas, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jack O'Halloran, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp and Susannah York. 127 minutes. Colour. / Originally to be shot back-to-back 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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