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April and the Extraordinary World

French-Belgian-Canadian animated film (2015; original title Avril et le Monde truqué). Je Suis Bien Content, StudioCanal, Kaibou Productions, Need Productions, Arte France Ciném, Jouror Distribution, RTBF, Proximus, Tchack. Directed by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci. Written by Franck Ekinci and Benjamin Legrand. Voice cast includes Benoît Brière, Anne Coesens, Marion Cotillard, Philippe Katerine and Jean Rochefort. 106 minutes. Colour. / A Steampunk ...

King, Harold

(1945-2010) US author whose name has also been wrongly recorded as a joint pseudonym. King concentrates his focus on Technothrillers like Paradigm Red (1975; vt Red Alert 1977), where events – in this case the sabotage of a nuclear facility – hover at the edge of sf. World War III (1982), a Tie novelizing the Television drama, sets the beginning of World War Three in the very Near Future Alaska of 1984. Later works of some interest include The Hahnemann Sequela (1984), which is ...

Greene, John O

(1823-1911) US lawyer, farmer and author of one novel, The Ke Whonkus People: A Story of the North Pole Country (1893), whose protagonist, after having steamed into northern waters, trek northwards where they discover the eponymous Lost World clemently surrounding the pole, and containing a Utopia inhabited by several million whites. The original settlers were Adam and Eve, who arrived by Balloon 11,000 years earlier. The high Technology of this world is dependent on a universal use of ...

Miller, Frank

(1957-    ) US Comic-book writer and artist, with a distinctive fragmented narrative technique; also film scriptwriter and director. During 1979-1985 Miller worked on Marvel Comics's Daredevil, producing work that was later re-released in three collections: Child's Play (graph coll 1988), Marked for Death (graph coll 1990) and Gang War (graph coll 1992). He then produced two apocalyptic dramas for DC Comics: Ronin (1983-1984; graph 1987) and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns ...

O'Leary, Con

(1888-1958) Irish-born author in whose sf novel, The Delicate Creature (1928), a woman is given a Drug that induces a range of Identity Transfer experiences, including life as a mouse, and as her own betrayed husband. [JC]

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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