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Stevens, David

(1937-    ) UK author of Sunset and Morning Star (1976), a Satire for the Young Adult market; the tale is set on a strange planet where a modified topsy-turvydom operates, with the fattest person on the planet being elected its ruler, and "thins" treated as slaves. [JC]

Hollow, The

Canadian animated tv series (2018-2020). Slap Happy Cartoons. Creators and Executive Producers Josh Mepham, Kathy Antonsen Rocchio, Greg Sullivan and Vito Viscomi. Directed by Josh Mepham and Greg Sullivan. Writers include Whitney Ralls, Laura Sreebny, Steve Sullivan and Vito Viscomi. Voice cast includes Ashleigh Ball, Connor Parnall and Adrian Petriw. Twenty 24-minute episodes. Colour. / Three teenagers awaken in a room with Amnesia due to a Memory Edit. In their pockets are name cards: ...

Spitz, Jacques

(1896-1963) French author, perhaps the central French sf author of the 1930s/1940s, whose Scientific Romances tended to the apocalyptic, and whose occasional uplift endings were riddled with doubt. His first sf novel, L'agonie du globe (1935; trans Margaret Mitchiner as Sever the Earth 1936), describes the consequences attendant upon a geological Disaster which splits the planet into two halves 50 miles (80km) apart, the portion containing America soon colliding with the Moon; there are no ...

Saturn 3

Film (1980). Transcontinental. Produced and directed by Stanley Donen. Written by Martin Amis, from a story by John Barry. Cast includes Kirk Douglas, Farrah Fawcett and Harvey Keitel. 87 minutes. Colour. / With a good director like Donen and a screenplay by Martin Amis, it is difficult to see how so obscene and silly an exploitation movie could come to be. Douglas and Fawcett play the couple alternating romping in bed with working on a hydroponics project, designed to feed millions, ...

Adams, Samuel Hopkins

(1871-1958) US author, prolific and popular author of novels and screenplays – It Happened One Night (1934) was based on one of his stories; he also wrote as Warner Fabian. His contribution to the Percy Darrow sequence, The Mystery (1907) with Stewart Edward White, is a complicated tale set on a ship found at sea with no crew aboard, supplying an sf explanation for their disappearance: a new radioactive Element called "celestium" has induced them to jump overboard. The sequel, The Sign at ...

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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