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Jókai, Mór

Working name of Hungarian author, born Móric Jókay de Ásva (1825-1904), who sometimes published as Maurus Jókai, the dominant literary figure of nineteenth-century Hungary, centrally involved in establishing Hungarian as a "respectable" literary language, almost at the same time that the Finn, Elias Lönnrot (1802-1884), performed a similar task for his own related Uralic tongue with his "translation" of the Kalevala (1835; exp 1849). In the nineteenth century, ...

SF Movieland

Letter-size saddle-stapled US Cinema magazine, published on a mix of glossy and newsprint-quality paper by New Media Publications. Editor: James Van Hise. Ten issues, 1983 to 1988. / This publication began life as Van Hise's Enterprise Incidents, a high-quality Fanzine dealing almost entirely with Star Trek (1966-1969). New Media Publications purchased the publication in 1982 with #10, at which point it became a Prozine; a title change to SF Movieland followed in 1985. Under New Media the ...

UFO Incident, The

Made-for-tv film (1975). Universal/NBC. Directed by Richard A Colla. Written by S Lee Pogostin, Hesper Anderson, based on The Interrupted Journey (1966) by John G Fuller. Cast includes Beeson Carroll, Bernard Hughes, James Earl Jones, Dick O'Neill and Estelle Parsons. 100 minutes. Colour. / James Earl Jones (the voice behind Darth Vader in Star Wars) tried for years to secure the finance to make a film about this supposed UFO incident (see UFOs), which took place in 1961. A couple, Betty ...

Maddock, Reginald

(1912-1994) UK author, mostly for Young Adult readers. His first sf novel, The Time Maze (1960), is a literate Time Travel tale whose protagonists, lost in a mysterious cave, find that its innumerable luminescent passages take them to exemplary experiences in three past eras: the time of the Dinosaurs, of Neanderthal man, and in a Neolithic community. Unusually, it is women not men who are seen to be emblematic of Evolution at work. The second paragraph of the tale paraphrases the memorable ...

Welles, Orson

(1915-1985) US stage, screen and radio actor, screenwriter, producer and director; despite his intimate association with one of the most infamous events in the history of sf – as director and star of the notorious 1938 Radio play The War of the Worlds, roughly based on H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) – he returned only intermittently to work in the genre. Yet so well remembered is the broadcast that his name continues to evoke the concept of ...

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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