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Sweden

Modernity, and with it science fiction, came very late to Sweden. The country consists of two thirds of a large isthmus at the northwest edge of Europe, in the north reaching well into the Polar circle. The Swedish population in 1500 is estimated at around 700,000; the capital, Stockholm, boasted some 6000 inhabitants. In 1700, the population had reached 1.5 million; in 1900 slightly over 5.1 million. Until the early twentieth century, Sweden was fundamentally an agrarian society. From 1611 ...

Himmelskibet

Danish film (1918; vt A Trip to Mars; vt A Ship to Heaven; vt 400 Million Miles from Earth). Nordisk Films. Directed by Holger-Madsen. Written by Sophus Michaelis and Ole Olsen, based on a novel of the same title by Michaelis. Cast includes Philip Bech, Alf Blutecher, Frederik Jacobsen, Lilly Jacobson, Svend Kornbech, Nicolai Neiiendam, Zanny Petersen and Gunnar Tolnaes. 81 minutes. Black and white. / Seeking a new challenge, sea captain Avanti Planetaros (Tolnaes) resolves to work with ...

Woodman, George

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Heretic (written circa 1938; 1963), a Dystopia where scientific progress has crippled the emotional life of the inhabitants of the new regime. [JC]

Weinbaum, Stanley G

(1902-1935) US author whose interest in sf dated from his youth (he published "The Lost Battle" in a school magazine, The Mercury, in December 1917; it forecasts that World War One will end in 1921) but who did not begin to publish sf professionally until the 1930s, after selling a romance novel – "The Lady Dances" (1934 in various King Features Syndicate newspapers) as by Marge Stanley – to a newspaper syndicate, and after a first sf novel, «The Mad Brain», had been ...

Waterworld

Film (1995). Universal Pictures and Lawrence Gordon present a Gordon Company/Davis Entertainment/Licht-Mueller Film Corp. production. Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Written by Peter Rader and David Twohy. Cast includes Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Tina Majorino and Jeanne Tripplehorn. Theatrical version 135 minutes; extended version 177 minutes. Colour. / An indefinite time in the future, after the icecaps have melted and humanity's remnants have adapted perforce to an ocean planet, a ...

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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