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Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, Fourth Edition. Some sample entries appear below. Click here for the Introduction; here for the masthead; here for Acknowledgments; here for the FAQ; here for advice on citations. Find entries via the search box above (more details here) or browse the menu categories in the grey bar at the top of this page.

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Last Dinosaur, The

Made-for-tv film (1977). Rankin/Bass Productions-Tsuburaya Productions for ABC-TV. Produced by Jules Bass. Directed by Alexander Grasshoff, Tsugunobu Kotani (credited as Tom Kotani). Written by William Overgard. Cast includes Richard Boone, Steven Keats (Chuck Wade), Tetsu Nakamura, Luther Rackley (Bunta) and Joan Van Ark. 106 minutes, cut to 95 minutes. Colour. / Masten Thrust Jr (Boone) is a billionaire oil company owner and big-game hunter whose company has discovered an Underground Lost ...

Thompson, E P

(1924-1993) UK historian and author, father of Kate Thompson; his highly articulate Marxist interpretation of the last centuries of UK history is best expressed in The Making of the English Working Class (1963). His studies of William Morris – William Morris: Romantic to Revolutionary (1955) and The Communism of William Morris (1965 chap) – are of sf interest; his only novel, The Sykaos Papers: Being an Account of the Voyages of the Poet Oi Pas to the System of Strim in the ...

Midnight Sky, The

Film (2020). Netflix and Anonymous Content present a Smokehouse Pictures, Syndicate Entertainment and Truenorth Productions production. Directed by George Clooney. Written by Mark L Smith, based on Good Morning, Midnight (2016) by Lily Brooks-Dalton. Cast includes Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler, George Clooney, Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Ethan Peck and Caoilinn Springall. 122 minutes. Colour. / An Arctic Scientist at the End of the World contacts his daughter aboard a Spaceship near to a ...


In this encyclopedia's alphabetical listing, "Dr" is, as is conventional, treated as if spelled out in full as "Doctor". [JC/PN]

Nebo Zovyot

Film (1959; vt The Sky Calls; vt The Heavens Call). A P Dovzenko Filmstudio. Directed by Mikhail Karzhukov and Aleksandr Kozyr. Written by Mikhail Karzhukov, Yevgeni Pomeshchikov, and Aleksei Sazanov. Cast includes Konstantin Bartashevich, V Chernyak, S Filimonov, Ivan Pereverzev, Aleksandr Shvorin and Gurgen Tonuuts. 120 minutes. Drastically cut with added footage as Battle Beyond the Sun (1962). / This unheralded masterpiece of the Spacesuit Film is sadly unappreciated because most ...

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, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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