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Cult Times

UK oversized Media Magazine printed on high-quality paper. Publisher: Visual Imagination Limited. Editors: unknown. 159 issues 1998 to 2008, plus at least three Special Editions. The schedule was generally monthly. / One of several companion titles to Starburst and TV Zone, Cult Times resembled these stablemates with, perhaps, a slightly greater emphasis on US productions. Contents included news, reviews of then-current programmes, interviews, and UK Television listings, plus advertisements ...

Wilson, Miles

(1706-1776) UK author, curate and schoolmaster in Halton Gill, Littondale, Yorkshire, who wrote and published the Proto SF narrative The History of Israel Jobson, the Wandering Jew [for subtitle see Checklist] (1757 chap) as by M W, as a device for teaching his young pupils about astronomy. This story takes the titular Wandering Jew character – a cobbler – on an angelically mediated Fantastic Voyage to the Moon and other worlds of our Solar System including Mars and Saturn (see ...


Film (2016). MPI Media, Dark Sky Films, Netflix. Directed by Onur Tukel. Written by Onur Tukel. Cast includes Anne Heche, Amy Hill, Ivana Milicevic, Sandra Oh, Alicia Silverstone and Myra Lucretia Taylor. 96 minutes. Colour. / College-day frenemies Veronica (Oh) and Ashley (Heche) are reunited at a party where Veronica's husband is celebrating a hugely profitable military clean-up contract for a forthcoming war in the Middle East. Ashley, a struggling artist, is serving drinks to help her ...

Hamilton, Donald

(1916-2006) Swedish-American author of many spy thrillers and several Westerns. Assignment: Murder (1956; vt Assassins Have Starry Eyes 1965) is of marginal sf interest in that its threatened protagonist is a nuclear research Scientist whose Project comes under attack. Hamilton is best known for the Matt Helm series of 27 spy thrillers (1960-1993, plus one still unpublished) beginning with Death of a Citizen (1960), in which former wartime assassin Helm is reactivated to work for a secret US ...

Roberts, Adam

(1965-    ) UK academic (currently Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London) and author who began his two intertwined writing careers – as an sf novelist and as a critic – in the same year with the release of his first work of fiction, Salt (2000), and his first work of scholarship, Science Fiction (2000; rev vt Science Fiction: Second Edition 2006). He has perhaps become better known for his fiction than for his alertly ...

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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