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Sienkiewicz, Bill

Working name of Boleslav Felix Robert Sienkiewicz (1958-    ) US Comics artist. His early work was heavily influenced by Neal Adams, although his fine pen line was more fluid and expressive, and his brushwork freer. His work matured, becoming more painterly and stylish, as he graduated to Graphic Novels. BS appears now to have deserted narrative art for advertising, record-cover design and more upmarket illustration. He has won many awards, including the 1987 Jack Kirby ...

Duvernois, Henri

Pseudonym of French screenwriter, playwright and author Henri-Simon Schwabacher (1875-1937), prolific in various genres. Of sf interest is L'Homme s'est retrouvé (1936; trans Brian Stableford as The Man Who Found Himself 2010), a very early example of interstellar travel, by realistically described Starship, in the French tradition of the Scientific Romance. The journey to Proxima Centauri at the speed of light terminates on a planet exactly like the Earth forty years prior (making the ...

Pereval

Russia animated film (1988; vt The Pass; vt The Path). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Kir Bulychev based on his excerpted novella "Pereval" ["The Pass"] (July-November 1980 Znanie-Sila) whose full text was published as Poselok (1988; trans John H Costello as Those Who Survive 2000). Voice cast includes Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy (narrator) and Aleksandr Pashutin. 30 minutes. Colour. / When the research Spaceship Polus crashes, its survivors flee to avoid the radiation ...

Queen, Ellery

Pseudonym used by US cousins Frederick Dannay (1905-1982) and Manfred B Lee (1905-1971) for a lengthy sequence of crime-fiction novels and short stories featuring amateur detective Ellery Queen, beginning with The Roman Hat Mystery (1929). For many years these were characterized by rigorously logical deductions and a "Challenge to the Reader" to solve the puzzle before the final explanation. Media spinoffs included the syndicated radio show The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1939-1948), its ...

Way ... Way Out

Film (1966). Coldwater. Directed by Gordon Douglas. Written by William Bowers and László Vadnay. Cast includes Anita Ekberg, Brian Keith, Jerry Lewis, Robert Morley, Howard Morris, Dick Shawn, Connie Stevens and Dennis Weaver. 101 minutes. Colour. / In the future, both the Americans and the Russians maintain two-man meteorological stations on the Moon. Since their current astronauts (Weaver, Morris) are constantly in conflict, the Americans decide to send a married couple to ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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