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Batchelor, John Calvin

(1948-    ) US author whose first two novels, The Further Adventures of Halley's Comet (1980) and The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica (1983), are borderline fantasy and sf respectively. He has also published two mainstream novels, American Falls (1985) and Gordon Liddy Is My Muse, by Tommy "Tip" Paine (1990). With John R Hamilton he wrote Thunder in the Dust: Images of Western Movies (1987). / Batchelor's novels have a gravity and consistency which mark him ...

Baker, Scott

(1947-    ) US-born author, who spent much of his career in France; for most of that career he has written fantasy and horror, some of it with distinction; his only sf novel is his first book, Symbiote's Crown (1978), a slyly intelligent though uneasily metaphysical Space Opera involving intricate hegiras through Parallel Worlds. Its French edition won the 1982 Prix Apollo for best SF novel published in French. [JC]

Lost Thing, The

Australian short animated film (2010). Passion Pictures. Based on the short Graphic Novel by Shaun Tan. Directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan. Written by Shaun Tan. Narrated by Tim Minchin. 16 minutes. Colour. / Whilst collecting bottle-tops on his local beach, young adult Shaun finds a strange creature ignored by everyone else. It is the size of a small house, with tentacles and two mantis-like arms, clad in a red metal shell; Shaun considers it a lost thing. It proves friendly, so he ...

Susann, Jacqueline

(1918-1974) US author most famous for her first novel, Valley of the Dolls (1966); her only sf is the posthumous Yargo (1979), which, written in the 1950s, tells the tale of a young woman abducted by a UFO actually trying to kidnap Albert Einstein; she falls in love with Yargo, the ruler of the planet Yargo (see Exogamy), but is sent off on Planetary Romance adventures elsewhere after she becomes unendurable. [JC]

Engebretson, David

(1964-    ) US critic. Apart from a handful of reviews published 1984-1985, Engebretson is known for two works of Stephen King scholarship written in collaboration with Michael R Collings: The Shorter Works of Stephen King (1985), which contains original essays by the two authors, and The Stephen King Concordance (1986). [CPa]

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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