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Garrison, Wendell Phillips

(1840-1907) US editor – he was co-founder of The Nation, and served as its literary editor from 1865 to 1906 – and author of The New Gulliver (1898), a sequel to Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), in which the Houyhnhnms are revisited, and Evolution discussed. Garrison was a popularizer of the works of Charles Darwin. [JC] see also: Gulliver. /

Littell, Jonathan

(1967-    ) US author, raised partly in France (he writes in French and English), resident mostly in Barcelona, Spain. His sf novel, Bad Voltage: A Fantasy in 4/4 (1989), depicts a Cyberpunk Paris with confused verve. The young protagonist (he is Black, though the cover of the first edition depicts him as white) moves from criminal activities Underground to the upper world of the rich, which mirrors the lower. The energies of the book are expended scattershot, but ...


Pseudonym of unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of A Journey to the Sun (1866 chap), featuring Space Flight to a molten metal shell around the sun, the Utopian society there being described in terms of Satire. [JC]

Village, The

Film (2004). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Blinding Edge Productions/Scott Rudin production. Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Cast includes Adrien Brody, Brendan Gleeson, Bryce Dallas Howard, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix and Sigourney Weaver. 103 minutes. Colour. / An enigmatic preindustrial community menaced by half-glimpsed Monsters haunting the surrounding woods is shocked by an attempted murder, prompting the victim's blind betrothed (Howard) to ...

From the New World

Japanese animated tv series (2012-2013). Original title Shinsekai Yori. Based on the novel by Yusuke Kishi. A-1 Pictures. Directed by Masashi Ishihama. Written by Masashi Sogo. Voice cast includes Aya Endo, Kana Hanazawa, Yui Horie, Hiroaki Hirata, Yūki Kaji, Haruka Kudō, Ayumu Murase, Daisuke Namikawa, Yoshiko Sakakibara, Motoki Takagi, Risa Taneda, Mai Tōdō, Kanako Tōjō. Twenty-five 23 minute episodes. Colour. / Saki Watanabe (Taneda/Endo) and her five ...

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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