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Webster, J Provand

(?   -?   ) UK author whose The Oracle of Baal: A Narrative of Some Curious Events in the Life of Professor Horatio Carmichael, M.D. (1896) is a complicatedly told Lost Race tale for boys. In 1750, a century before the main narrative begins, an ancestor of the protagonist is seduced by a She figure originally from Africa but now in Scotland; the two become pirates before returning to the hidden ...

Graham, P Anderson

(1856-1925) UK editor and author, active from before 1890, mostly on rural themes, his earlier work including The Rural Exodus: The Problem of the Village and the Town (1892) and The Victorian Era (1897). Graham's infrequent fiction, including The Red Scaur: A Novel of Manners (1897), is nonfantastic, with the exception of his last major work, The Collapse of Homo Sapiens (1923), a Ruined Earth ...

Project X

1. Film (1968), based on the novel The Artificial Man (1965) by L P Davies (whom see). This is unrelated to the 1987 film of the same title. [DRL] 2. Film (1987). Amercent Films-American Entertainment Partners/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Jonathan Kaplan. Written by Stanley Weiser, based on a story by Weiser, Lawrence Lasker. Cast includes Matthew Broderick, Helen Hunt, Johnny Ray McGhee and Bill Sadler. 103 ...

Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize for Literature, chosen annually by the Swedish Academy – with occasional no-award years during World War One and World War Two – is not of course a genre Award. Below are listed the twenty-five Nobel laureates in this category who have written sf or near-sf to the extent that they receive entries in the present encyclopedia. In addition to the honour, laureates receive a cash prize currently set at 11,000,000 ...

Food Pills

A minor Cliché recurring not only in science fiction itself but also in public perceptions of sf and Futures Studies. The eminent French chemist Marcelin Berthelot (1827-1907) laid the groundwork in his essay "Foods in the Year 2000" (1894 McClure's), boldly predicting that Agriculture would be entirely superseded by synthetic food manufacture. The notion of sustaining life through ...

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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