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Ellis, T Mullett

(1850-1919) UK architect, politician, poet and author of various works, two being of sf interest. Reveries of World History: From Earth's Nebulous Origin to its Final Ruin; Or, the Romance of a Star (1893) is an elated quasi-fictional text evocative of the work of Camille Flammarion; in his Spectrum of Fantasy 2 (1994), George Locke argues for its relevance as an sf "prose poem". Mullet's sf novel proper, Zalma (1895), exorbitantly traces the protracted Near-Future attempts of the eponymous ...

About, Edmond

(1828-1885) French dramatist, journalist, author of several novels of sf interest, though the first of these, Le Cas de M. Guérin ["The Case of Mr Guérin"] (1860) – about a pregnant man – has not appeared in English. He is best-known for L'Homme à l'Oreille Cassée (1862 2vols; trans anon as The Man with the Broken Ear 1864; new trans Henry Holt 1867; new trans J E Maitland, vt Colonel Fougas' Mistake 1878 2vols); under a further vt, "A New Lease of Life", ...

What, Leslie

(1955-    ) US author who has also written as by Leslie Joyce; her novel under that name, the nonfantastic Nice Girls Do (2001), is a romance set amid the dangers of World War Two. Her second novel, Olympic Games (short version May 1996 Asimov's as "The Goddess is Alive, And, Well, Living in New York City"; 2004), a fantasy set mostly in New York, plays adroitly with a mildly complicated plot involving Greek gods, who still inhabit the planet, and who engage in Sex according ...

My Secret Identity

Canadian tv series (1988-1991). Sunrise Films with Scholastic Productions for CTV in Canada; Syndicated US. Created by Fred Fox Jr and Brian Levant. Executive producers Fox and Levant. Directors included Don McBreaty, George Bloomfield and Otta Hanus. Writers included Eric Weinthal, Dawn Ritchie, Martin Lager and Elliot Stern. Cast includes Christopher Bolton, Wanda Cannon, Derek McGrath, Marsha Moreau and Jerry O'Connell. 72 30-minute episodes. Colour. / In a Toronto suburb, ...

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Serial Film (2008). Timescience Bloodclub/Mutant Enemy. Directed by Joss Whedon. Written (including songs) by Joss Whedon, Zack Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, & Jed Whedon; lyrics by Joss Whedon, Tancharoen, and Jed Whedon; music by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon. Cast includes Felicia Day, Nathan Fillion, Neil Patrick Harris and Simon Helberg. 3 episodes; 42 minutes total. Colour. / Written during the 2007-2008 Writer's Guild of America strike which delayed the starts of Dollhouse ...

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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