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Australian Semiprozine, published from North Perth, Western Australia, by Eidolon Publications, quarterly (but later somewhat irregular) from #1, Autumn 1990 (published in May 1990) to #29/30, Autumn (May) 2000, edited by Jeremy G Byrne (1964-2021), Keira McKenzie, Robin Pen, Richard Scriven, Jonathan Strahan, Chris Stronach to #6 (October 1991); thereafter only Byrne, Scriven and Strahan to #25/#26 (Spring 1997); Byrne and Strahan to #28 (Spring 1999); and Byrne alone for #29/#30 (Autumn ...

Zone Troopers

Film (1985). Altar/Empire. Executive producer Charles Band. Directed by Danny Bilson. Written by Bilson, Paul DeMeo. Cast includes Art La Fleur, Biff Maynard, Tim Thomerson and Timothy Van Patten. 86 minutes. Colour. / This curious, small, honest film is perhaps as close as the cinema has ever got to the flavour of Pulp sf. Three GIs and a war correspondent are trapped behind German lines in Italy in 1944. In between repeated clashes with Germans they befriend a BEM – female, we later ...


For a general note on this encyclopedia's handling of Chinese names, please see Editorial Practices: Chinese and Japanese Names. / Chinese literature has a long tradition of the fantastic that prepared the way for, and leads up to, modern Chinese sf. Like modernism itself, the sf genre reached China through the unexpected route of Japanese contacts, in particular the foreign studies of the author Lu Xun (1881-1936). Long before his domestic fame as a novelist in his own right, the young Lu ...

Frankenheimer, John

(1930-2002) US film director. A graduate of the 1950s school of live television drama, Frankenheimer first attracted attention as a film-maker with melodramas centred on youth and social issues: The Young Stranger (1956), The Young Savages (1961), All Fall Down (1961) and The Birdman of Alcatraz (1962). However, in his direction of The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Seven Days in May (1964) and Seconds (1966), all based on successful novels, Frankenheimer revealed a distinctive fantastic vision, ...

Brinsmade, Herman Hine

(1876-1968) US author whose Utopia, Utopia Achieved: A Novel of the Future (1912), depicts a vastly enlarged Near Future New York full of mechanical and cultural marvels, a self-regulating obedient workforce, and free health care. Brinsmade's romantic vew of twentieth-century Transportation – monorails, vast aerial structures that resemble Albert Robida's more exuberant fancies – is perhaps typical of his period, but is unusually inventive. [JC]

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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