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Hall, Rodney

(1935-    ) UK-born poet, musician, editor and author, in Australia from 1949, active as a poet from around 1962; Chairperson 1991-1994 of the Australia Council, a body responsible for government arts policy and funding. Several of his novels contain fantasy elements. In Just Relations (1982), for instance, the metaphorical Suspended Animation of the cast approaches the literal. The Yandilli Trilogy, comprising Captivity Captive (1988), The Second Bridegroom (1991) and The ...

Caswell, Brian

(1954-    ) Welsh-born song-writer, teacher and author, in Australia from the age of 12. His sf and fantasy work of interest is all written for a Young Adult audience, beginning with Merryll of the Stones (1989), a Timeslip tale whose protagonist ends up in ancient Wales; Dreamslip (1994) is similar. A Cage of Butterflies (1992) is a Near Future tale involving adolescents under stress and Telepathy. Caswell has contributed several Ties to the Alien Zones game universe, ...

SparkShorts

US animated television series (2019-2021). Pixar Animation Studios. Ten 6-10 minute episodes. Colour. / A Pixar Television Anthology Series designed "to discover new storytellers, explore new storytelling techniques, and experiment"; aside from a couple of YouTube releases, most were first shown on Disney+. Several are of genre interest. Writer and director in brackets below. / Purl (director Kristen Lester; writers Michael Daley, Bradley Furnish, Kristen Lester and James Robertson): ...

Avon Fantasy Reader

US Digest-size magazine published by Avon Books, edited by Donald A Wollheim, who considered it an anthology series [see his entry, therefore, for list of titles] although it resembled a magazine, as did a number of Avon's other publications at the time when the Pulps, pocketbooks and digests were all vying for position on the newsstands. Magazine bibliographers consider it a magazine; book bibliographers think of it as a series of books. The Avon Fantasy Reader sequence was primarily devoted ...

Once a Hero

US tv series (1987). Garden Party Productions/New World International for ABC-TV. Created by Dusty Kay. Produced by Paul Pompian, and others. Directors included Harry Hurwitz, Kevin Hooks, and Claudia Weill. Writers included Ira Steven Behr and Kay. Cast includes Robert Forster, Jeff Lester and Milo O'Shea. Five 60-minute episodes. Colour. / Comics writer Abner Bevis (O'Shea) finds himself repeating his own plots for his Superhero comic Captain Justice; sales are declining and the publisher ...

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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