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Planet 51

Spanish/UK/American animated film (2009). Ilion Animation Studios (Madrid) and HandMade Films. Directed by Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad and Marcos Martinez. Written by Joe Stillman, based on an original idea by Abad, Blanco, Martinez and Ignacio Perez Dolset. Cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long and Seann William Scott. 86 minutes. Colour. / A Spanish homage to Fifties America with an inverted Invasion in which humans are the ...

Stallman, Robert

(1930-1980) Literary critic, professor of English at Western Michigan University, and author of the Book of the Beast trilogy, the last two books of which were published posthumously: The Orphan (1980), The Captive (1981) and The Beast (1982; vt The Book of the Beast 1982). The books are complex, sensitively written Fabulations, fitting between the generic borders of sf and ...

Mandeville, Colin

Pseudonym used by UK economist and author Anthony Dalston Dawson (1927-    ) for his novel, The Last Days of New York (1980), in which unbalanced speculative profligacy (see Economics) sufficiently undermines New York for the city to collapse. [JC]

Applegate, K A

(1956-    ) US author of sf and fantasy for children, almost exclusively through the medium of three extended series, which include some inbuilt sub-series. She is best-known for the Animorphs sequence, beginning with Animorphs: The Invasion (1996) and ending with Animorphs: The Beginning (2001), featuring the exploits of a group of adolescent children who use their Shapeshifter powers, which have been ...

Kahn, Gustave

(1859-1936) French art critic and author, an important member of the Symbolist Movement, his colleagues including Henri de Régnier as well as more famous figures like Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898). His extravagantly couched Symbolist novel, Le Conte de l'Or et du Silence (first six chapters 1896 La Societé Nouvelle; 1898; trans Brian Stableford as ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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