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Ford, Ford Madox

(1873-1939) UK editor and author, born Joseph Leonard Ford Hermann Madox Hueffer into a literary family of German descent, and who signed his books Ford Madox Hueffer for the first thirty years of his career; he was in active service through almost the full extent of World War One, his experiences in the trenches directly inspiring On Heaven; And Poems Written on Active Service (coll 1918). In protest at German behaviour during the conflict he changed his name by deed poll to Ford Madox Ford, ...

Butner, Richard

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Saving the World" (1989 Scream) and whose speculative short fiction has since appeared in such venues as Electric Velocipede, F&SF, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Say ... and Sci Fiction. Horses Blow Up Dog City & Other Stories (coll 2004 chap) assembles two new and three previously published tales; the title story is set in a Near Future dominated by Virtual Reality, a toxic ...

Handmaid's Tale, The

Film (1990). Cinecom/Bioskop. Directed by Volker Schlöndorff. Written by Harold Pinter (1930-2008), based on The Handmaid's Tale (1985) by Margaret Atwood. Cast includes Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Elizabeth McGovern, Aidan Quinn, Natasha Richardson and Victoria Tennant. 108 minutes. Colour. / A near-future USA, some time after a right-wing coup, is now a patriarchal, fundamentalist, totalitarian Dystopia, suppressive of all liberal thought and especially of women, who have no rights ...

Warner Bros. Cartoons

A lengthy sequence of short (about seven minutes) animated cartoons produced for Warner Bros. Pictures between 1930 and 1969. Initially made by Harman and Ising studios; then by Leon Schlesinger Productions from 1933; bought by Warner Bros in 1944 and renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons; DePatie-Freleng Enterprises briefly took over in 1964; the name reverted to Warner Brothers Cartoon Studios in 1967. Issued as either Merrie Melodies or Looney Toons – the former initially being built around ...

Restif de la Bretonne

Name by which the French author Nicolas-Anne-Edmé Restif (1734-1806) is usually known, though he sometimes signed his books N A E Restif de la Bretonne; his surname at birth was simply Rétif, without the spoof addition, which was the name of a family field. He was an extremely prolific author, publishing about 250 volumes in all beginning in 1767, including many formless, semi-autobiographical novels often attacked for imputed pornographic content. Of his Utopian texts, Le ...

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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