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Thomas, D M

(1935-    ) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in early Poetry like "The Head-Rape" (March 1968 New Worlds); "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March/April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth 1982, edited by Steve Rasnic Tem). The Devil and the Floral Dance (1978) is a juvenile fantasy; his first adult novels ...


US animated tv series (2021-current). Amazon Studios, Image Comics, Skybound Entertainment. Based on the Comic book by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley. Directed by Jeff Allen, Paul Furminger and Robert Valley. Written by Chris Black, Curtis Gwinn, Robert Kirkman, Christine Lavaf, Simon Racioppa and Ryan Ridley. Voice cast includes Gillian Jacobs, Sandra Oh, Zachary Quinto, Kevin Michael Richardson, J. K. Simmons and Steven Yeun. Eight episodes of circa 45 minutes. Colour. / Mark ...

X Series, The

Videogame series (from 1999). Egosoft. / The X Series is a line of Space Sims, descended from Elite (1984). The player has considerable freedom to explore, trade, mine asteroids, fight pirates (or become one), carry out missions (including bounty-hunting and passenger transport), or create a commercial empire of space-based factories and fleets of starships. The game universe itself is impressively realistic and dynamic, with a working economy based on the principles of supply and demand; ...

Wein, Len

(1948-2017) US Comics writer and editor, initially freelancing for DC Comics from 1968 and Marvel Comics from 1970. For DC he co-created Swamp Thing with artist Bernie Wrightson in 1971; after becoming editor-in-chief at Marvel in 1974 he revived that imprint's The X-Men with artist Dave Cockrum in 1975. Later, employed as a DC writer and editor from 1979, he worked on various notable DC titles including Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbons's Watchmen. Wein has won several comics Awards including the ...

Janusz A Zajdel Award

The Polish Fandom Award was founded in 1984 at Polcon, the Polish national Convention, and named Sfinks, to be awarded for literary achievements in the field of science fiction (later also Fantasy) in the preceding calendar year, so the first award for the year 1984 was granted at the convention in 1985. However, only a month before Polcon '85 Janusz A Zajdel prematurely died, so to honour and commemorate him the award was renamed as The Janusz A Zajdel Award. Popularly known as the Zajdel, it ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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