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Laurie, André

Pseudonym of Paschal Grousset (1844-1909), French politician and author. His first political novel, Le rève d'un irreconciliable ["Dream of a Diehard"] (1869) and several political works were published under his real name, but thereafter he used the Laurie pseudonym. While living as a communard exile in London, Laurie wrote the original version of the book which was later published – significantly modified – as Les Cinq Cent Millions de la Begum (1879; preferred trans as The ...

Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The

1. Radio series (1978, 1980). BBC Radio 4. Written and created by Douglas Adams, produced by Simon Brett (first episode) and Geoffrey Perkins (subsequent episodes). Cast includes Peter Jones as The Book, Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Susan Sheridan as Trillian. Six 30-minute episodes broadcast weekly from 8 March 1978 to 12 April 1978. Christmas special 24 December 1978. ...

Science Fiction Book Club

We use the term book club in its older sense, that of a subscription-based relationship between purchasers – who normally agree to buy a certain number of titles a year – and the organization which publishes or distributes these titles, usually at a very significant discount from the retail price in bookshops. More recently the term has been applied to a discussion club, usually informal, where a group of people gather regularly to discuss a previously decided book. This sense of ...

Gwen, or the Book of Sand

French animated film (1985; original title Gwen, ou le livre de sable; vt Gwen, the Book of Sand; vt Gwen; vt Gwen and the Book of Sand). La Fabrique, Films de la Demoiselle, Antenne 2. Directed by Jean-François Laguionie. Written by Jean-Pierre Gaspari and Jean-François Laguionie. Voice cast includes Armand Babel, Lorella Di Cicco, Raymond Jourdan and Michel Robin. 61 minutes. Colour. / Roseline (Robin), a 173-year-old woman, recalls a tale her father told: of how, when the ...

Colossus of New York, The

Film (1958). William Alland Productions/Paramount. Directed by Eugène Lourié. Written by Thelma Schnee, based on a story by Willis Goldbeck. Cast includes John Baragrey, Charles Herbert, Otto Kruger, Ross Martin, Mala Powers and Ed Wolff. 70 minutes. Black and white. / A curious little film about a man, Jeremy Spensser (Martin), who is killed in an accident and whose brain – briefly preserved as a Brain in a Box – is transferred by his Scientist father William ...

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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