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Appleseed

Animated film (2004). Sori. Directed by Shinji Aramaki. Written by Haruka Handa, Tsutomo Kamishiro, based on the Manga Appleseed (begun 1985) by Masamune Shirow. 105 minutes. Colour. / This is the second adaptation of this manga, after the cruder, made-for-video Appleseed (1988). Appleseed is set in a future where most of Earth has been reduced to cinders by global conflict, and humanity's best prospects lie in a Utopian floating City-Island called Olympus. The population of this society is ...

Southesk, The Earl of

Title from 1855 of Scottish poet, antiquary and author James Carnegie (1827-1905). His poetry tends to the occult, though his privately-published book-length narrative poem, Lurida Lumina (1876 chap) anonymous, describes the Near Future Invasion of England by France within a Battle of Dorking frame. His prose of sf interest includes two sf novels. In Herminius: A Romance (1862) anonymous, which is set during the Roman occupancy of Britain, a Lost Race of ferocious Neanderthal-like creatures ...

Day Mars Invaded Earth, The

Film (1962). API/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Maury Dexter. Written by Harry Spalding. Cast includes Betty Beall, William Mims, Kent Taylor and Marie Windsor. 70 minutes. Black and white. / In this mediocre B-movie, Martians – who consist of pure energy – travel to Earth via radio beam. As in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), from which this clearly borrows, they duplicate human beings, killing off the originals, to the horror of a scientist who returns from vacation ...

Wahlöö, Per

(1926-1975) Swedish author, best known for his ten-volume Martin Beck crime novel series, all written with his partner Maj Sjöwall (1935-2020). His Near-Future sf thrillers, all of which interrogate the form they use, include Mord på 31:a våningen (1964; trans Joan Tate as Murder on the 31st Floor 1966; vt The Thirty-First Floor 1967), in which intrusive detective work and the intrusions of a totalitarian state are seen as nearly indistinguishable, and which was filmed as ...

Scribe Award

The Scribe Awards for media Ties have been presented since 2007 by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers [see under links below]. There are various award categories, genre-specific and otherwise, which changed frequently in the early years but currently include novels, short fiction and audiobooks. The Scribe Grandmaster award – also known as the Faust Award in honour of Frederick Faust (see Max Brand) – is a career honour after the fashion of the SFWA Grand Master ...

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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