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Beebee, Chris

(?   -    ) UK author known exclusively for his Cipola sequence – comprising The Hub (1987) and The Main Event (1989) – which is set in the twenty-first century on Earth and in a Space Habitat. The world of the sequence is dominated by Computers, and trouble brews when the GRAIL programs go missing; the protagonist tries to cope. [JC]


US Comic-book limited series (2004), published in three issues by the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, later collected as a Graphic Novel (2005). Written by Grant {Morrison} and illustrated by Frank Quitely, the story follows three weaponized Cyborg animals – a dog, cat and rabbit – as they escape from the military that experimented upon them and attempt to return to their former lives. Inspired in many ways by the classic novel The Incredible Journey (1961) by Sheila Burnford, ...


Term used to designate a Shared-World anthology or book-length tale whose individual parts, written by different hands, are edited – generally by the proprietor/editor of the shared world – so that their beginnings and ends weave (or braid) into one another, and the whole tells a unified story. When done properly, braids (also known as braided stories) can generate a chronicle-like sense in the reader – an effect attained also by successful Fixups, which can in this sense be ...

Iron Giant, The

Animated film (1999). Warner Bros presents a Brad Bird film. Directed by Brad Bird. Written by Tim McCanlies, from a story by Brad Bird based on The Iron Man (1968; vt The Iron Giant 1968), a prose work by the poet (and British Poet Laureate for fourteen years) Ted Hughes. 87 minutes. Colour. / In 1957, a huge man of iron crashes from space near the small American town of Rockwell, Maine. While searching for metal to consume, it accidentally electrocutes itself at a power station but is ...

Day of the Dolphin, The

Film (1973). Avco-Embassy. Directed by Mike Nichols. Written by Buck Henry, based on Un animal doué de raison (1967; trans as The Day of the Dolphin 1969) by Robert Merle. Cast includes George C Scott, Paul Sorvino, Trish Van Devere and Fritz Weaver. 105 minutes. Colour. / This above-average film, from a director well known for social comedy but new to sf, concerns a marine biologist who succeeds in teaching dolphins to speak English. The first half deals seriously and convincingly ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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