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Weird Circle, The

Radio series (1943-1945), RCA Recording Services. Syndicated for the Mutual Broadcasting System and the NBC Red Radio Network. Staff writers included Peggy Mayer. Announcers/narrators: unknown. 79 30-minute episodes. / Primarily a Horror, mystery and suspense anthology series, The Weird Circle also offered some adaptations of early sf stories. These include The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket (1838) by Edgar Allan Poe (5 August 1943); The Haunted and the Haunters, or The House ...

Blue Submarine No. 6

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1998-2000). Original title Ao no Roku-gō. Based on the Manga by Satoru Ozawa. Gonzo. Directed by Mahiro Maeda. Written by Hiroshi Yamaguchi. Voice cast includes Hozumi Gōda, Showtaro Morikubo, Miki Nagasawa, Yukana Nogami and Takeshi Wakamatsu. Four 29- to 40-minute episodes. Colour. / Despairing of humanity's treatment of nature, Scientist Zorndyke (Wakamatsu) raises the sea-levels, killing a billion people (see Disaster). He prepares to ...

Reed, Clifford C

(1911-?   ) South African-born author and civil servant, in UK from 1950, who began publishing sf with "Jean-Gene-Jeanne" in Authentic Science Fiction in November 1954. In Martian Enterprise (fixup 1962) escaped convicts learn slowly how to create a community on a new planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds). [JC]

Foer, Jonathan Safran

(1977-    ) US author each of whose first two novels revolves around a Foer-like protagonist's confrontation with a central abomination of the current era. Everything Is Illuminated (2002) circles the Holocaust from viewpoints prior to and after the 1942 massacre of the Jews of Trochenbrod in Poland (see Holocaust Fiction). The narrator of Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005) is a nine-year-old named Oskar Schell – possibly homaging the protagonist of ...

Thorpe, Gav

Working name of UK game designer and author Gavin Thorpe (1974-    ), most of whose work has consisted of Ties to the Warhammer 40,000 universe, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: 13th Legion (2000) ins the Warhammer 40,000: Last Chancers subseries. He has also contributed to the Warhammer fantasy universe, beginning with Warhammer: The Claws of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness, Book One (2002) in the Warhammer: Slaves to Darkness. Not connected to either universe is the Empire of ...

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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