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Carlock, Michaela

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel, Planet Dreams (1998) depicts two contrasting futures, a polluted, violent Dystopia and a pastoral Utopia connected solely when the protagonists engage in lucid dreaming. Both worlds are depicted with some realism, though an element of wish fulfilment is necessary to believe in the second. [JC]

Darkwing Duck

US animated tv series (1991-1992). The Walt Disney Company for the Disney Channel/ABC Domestic Television (see Disney on Television). Created by Tad Stones. Produced by Bob Hathcock, Toby Shelton, Hank Tucker, Alan Zaslove. Forty-two writers including (five episodes or more) John Behnke, Kevin Campbell, Rob Humphrey, Douglas Langdale, Jim Peterson, Dev Ross, Gary Sperling, Tad Stones, Brian Swenlin. Cast includes voice actors Hamilton Camp, Christine Cavanaugh, Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern. ...

Stranger Things

US online tv series (2016-current). 21 Laps Entertainment and Monkey Massacre for Netflix. Created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer. Written by Paul Dichter, Justin Doble, Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, Jessica Mecklenburg, Jessie Nickson-Lopez and Alison Tatlock. Directed by Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Shawn Levy. Cast includes Millie Bobby Brown, Joe Keery, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Matthew Modine, Shannon Purser, Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp and Finn Wolfhard. ...

Milne, Robert Duncan

(1844-1899) Scottish-born journalist and author, in the USA from about 1864, who published at least 60 sf stories of very considerable conceptual ingenuity, prefiguring many of the themes of the modern genre. Beginning with "A Modern Robe of Nessus" in 1879, he published most of these tales in the San Francisco journal The Argonaut, one of whose editors, Ambrose Bierce, was strongly influenced by his work. Forgotten for many decades after his death, Milne was rediscovered by Sam Moskowitz, who ...

Ludgate Monthly, The

UK general-interest magazine which ran for 118 issues from May 1891 to February 1901 when it merged with The Universal Magazine. It went through a succession of publishers and editors, none of whom seemed to know what to do with it, though it was at its best when it became a companion to Black and White from November 1895 to March 1898 and was edited by James Nicol Dunn and then Henry D Lowry. Its first editor was Philip May, not the same as the noted artist and cartoonist Phil May, but an ...

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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