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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

Film (1989). Interscope Communications/Soisson-Murphey/De Laurentiis. Director Stephen Herek. Written by Chris Matheson, Ed Solomon. Cast includes Robert V Barron, Terry Camilleri, George Carlin, Al Leong, Keanu Reeves, Jane Wiedlin and Alex Winter. 89 minutes. Colour. / Because the tranquillity of future life depends on the cultural changes brought about by a late-twentieth-century rock band called Wyld Stallyns, an emissary from the future named Rufus (Carlin) is sent back to Los Angeles ...

Uncanny Magazine

US Online Magazine of sf and fantasy, published by editors-in-chief Lynne M Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, with Michi Trota as managing editor. Bimonthly, November 2014-current. / Uncanny is among the best-regarded current online magazines, publishing high-quality sf, fantasy and genre Poetry; there are also associated podcasts. Featured authors with entries in this encyclopedia include Charlie Jane Anders, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Neil Gaiman, Kameron Hurley, Ken Liu, Seanan ...

Q

Film (1983; vt The Winged Serpent; vt Q: The Winged Serpent). Larco. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes David Carradine, Candy Clark and Michael Moriarty. 92 minutes. Colour. / In this witty Monster Movie – which subverts our expectations about how both society and B-movies work in almost the same breath – "Q" represents on the one hand Quetzalcoatl, a giant winged serpent (thus sf) and Aztec god (thus not sf) that terrorizes New York, possibly ...

Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA), based on the 1994-2006 Manga by Hitoshi Ashinano, which won the 2007 Seiun Award for best Comic of the year. Ajia-do Animation Works. Voice cast includes Akiko Nakagawa, Hekiru Shiina, Ikuko Sugita and Mikio Terashima. / 1. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō (1998; vt Yokohama Shopping Trip). Directed by Takashi Annō. Written by Hitoshi Ashinano. Two 29-minute episodes. Colour. / Alpha (Shiina) is left in charge of a rural cafe after its owner ...

Gorey, Edward

(1925-2000) US author and artist who produced many book jackets and internal illustrations, often for children's books. As an artist he was essentially self-taught despite a single semester of study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1943; his acknowledged influences included Chinese, Japanese and Symbolist art. Though his many covers for Doubleday Anchor books in the 1950s were important in establishing the "quality paperback" as a prestige marketing category, he is best known ...

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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