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King and the Mockingbird, The

French animated film (1980). Original title Le Roi et l'Oiseau. Les Films Paul Grimault, Les Films Gibé, Antenne 2. Directed by Paul Grimault. Written by Paul Grimault and Jacques Prévert. Voice cast includes Jean Martin, Pascal Mazzotti, Renaud Marx and Agnès Viala. 87 minutes. Colour. / Begun in 1948 as an adaption of Hans Christian Andersen's The Shepherdess and the Chimneysweep (original title Hyrdinden Og Skorstensfejeren in Nye Eventyr ["New Fairytales"] (coll ...

Hellerstein, Harry

(1939-    ) US author of Wired: A Fantastic Adventure Story of the Computer Age (1982), in which two Computer geeks with almost supernatural affinity to the new world vie with one another. [JC]

Čapek, Karel

(1890-1938) Czech author, born in Bohemia, then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire; Bohemia became the largest region of the newly created country of Czechoslovakia after World War One. His pre-War career, which began in 1908, was almost entirely conducted in collaboration with his older brother Josef Čapek, with whom he remained on exceedingly good terms for the rest of his life; they often published as Bratří Čapkové ["The Brothers Čapek"], and are warmly ...

Malki !, David

Working name of US author, cartoonist, book designer and former film trailer editor David Malki (?    -    ), who describes the unexplained exclamation mark following his surname as an "honorific" analogous to Jr or PhD. He is best known for the popular web-Comic Wondermark, published since May 2003, which featured in the early online magazine Flak and in the print edition of the Satire venue The Onion until 2008; it continues to appear online [see links ...


Novacon has long been Britain's second regular Convention, held annually since 1971 in November (thus keeping it well distanced from the national UK Eastercon) and named for that month. It is run, or at least the organizing committee is appointed by, the Birmingham Science Fiction Group founded in 1961. Attendance at Novacon 1 in 1971 was 144; the figure has been as high as 495 in 1980, though 300 became typical, with a gradual dwindling to 200 or fewer members in the 2010s. An initial policy ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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