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Creative Brother's Sci-Fi Magazine

US low-paying print-on-demand Semiprozine produced and edited by Cecil Washington of Oxon Hill, Maryland. It ran for eleven issues from October 2003 to May 2008, usually two issues per year. The magazine was dedicated to running Speculative Fiction either by Black writers or featuring Black characters and Black themes, but it was evident from Washington's regular editorial pleas that acquiring such fiction in sufficient ...

Automat Na Přání

Czech/French film (1967; vt Les chevaliers des rêves; vt The Wishing Machine 1971 US). Krátký film Praha / Filmové studio Gottwaldov / Société Générale de Production Paris. Directed by Josef Pinkava. Written by Josef Pinkava. Cast includes Rudolf Deyl, Josef Hlinomaz, Miroslav Holub, Vít Weingartner and Milan Zeman. 83 minutes, cut for ...

Rocketeer, The

Film (1991; vt The Adventures of the Rocketeer). Walt Disney (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Joe Johnston. Written by Danny Bilson, Paul DeMeo. Cast includes Alan Arkin, Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton and Paul Sorvino. 108 minutes. Colour. Based on The Rocketeer (1982-1995), a Comic created by Dave Stevens (1955-2008). / This enjoyable big-budget ...

White, Steve

Pseudonym of US army officer and author Robert McGarvey (1948-    ), most of whose work is Space Opera, often employing Military SF plots, and usually arrayed in series. His first sequence, the Starfire series – partially written with David Weber, who had developed Starfire, the Wargame to which it is ...

Kenyon, Kay

(1956-    ) US author who has worked as an urban planner, a profession reflected in the architectonic solidity of her worldbuilding. From her first novel, The Seeds of Time (1997), her work has been notable for its focus on the particular nature of the planets where she sets her sometimes overcomplicated human dramas. She is a good example of the evolution of the perhaps over-egged 1980s debate between Cyberpunk writers and ...

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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