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Idler, The

UK general interest magazine, one of the first to appear following the enthusiastic reception of The Strand, but not a slavish imitation. It was founded by Robert Barr and William Dunkerley (better known as John Oxenham) with Jerome K Jerome as the initial editor. It ran from February 1892 to March 1911, monthly, missing just two months. Robert Barr was the proprietor until he was forced to sell the magazine in 1898 when it passed through a succession of publishers and editors. Initially Barr ...


Animated film (2010). Paramount Pictures/PDI Dreamworks. Directed by Tom McGrath. Written by Alan J Schoolcraft and Brent Simons. Cast includes Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill and Brad Pitt. 95 minutes. Colour. / What would happen if the bad guy actually won? In a parody of the Superman origin story, two Alien babies are dispatched to Earth when their respective planets are destroyed. One baby lands in a mansion and grows up to become a typical Superhero, Metro Man (Pitt). The other ...

Donovan, Rita

(1955-    ) Canadian author of one Dystopia, The Plague Saint (1997), set in a Ruined Earth Canada riddled by a Pandemic and Religion, and tracing the destiny of a young woman manhandled into sainthood and martyrdom. [JC]

Moonbase 3

UK tv serial (1973). BBC TV. Produced by Barry Letts. Script edited by Terrance Dicks. Scriptwriters Dicks and Letts (first episode), and John Brason, John Lucarotti, Arden Winch. Directors Ken Hannam, Christopher Barry. Scientific advisor James Burke, a well known presenter of television popular-science programmes. Cast includes Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Donald Houston and Barry Lowe. Six 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Set on an enclosed European Moon base in 2003 CE (other nations had set ...

Newland, Courttia

(1973-    ) UK editor, musician, screenwriter and author, active from before 2000; most of whose work, beginning with his first novel The Scholar: A West-Side Story (1997), has been nonfantastic, though several of the stories assembled as Music for the Off-Key: Twelve Macabre Short Stories (coll 2006) and Cosmogramma (coll 2021) ingeniously engage in the turns of Fantastika. He is best known for his writing collaboration with Steve McQueen (1969-    ) on ...

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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