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Baldwin, Bill

Working name of US author Merl William Baldwin Jr (1935-2015), known mainly for the efficient Helmsman adventure-sf Space Opera sequence, whose plots are deployed on a galactic scale, initially beginning with The Helmsman (1985; rev vt The Helmsman: A Special Director's Cut 2004) and closing with The Defiance (1996); a late addition to the series is The Turning Tide (2011). Proof copies of The Helmsman were bylined Merl Baldwin, but this form of the author's name did not appear on any finished ...

Boston, John

(1948-    ) US lawyer, long-term sf fan, and author with Damien Broderick of a useful overview of Science Fantasy magazine – Strange Highways: Reading Science Fantasy, 1950-1967 (2013) – and two volumes similarly covering New Worlds: Building New Worlds, 1946-1959: The Carnell Era, Volume One (2013) and New Worlds: Before the New Wave, 1960-1964: The Carnell Era, Volume Two (2013). Also with Broderick, he edited The Daymakers: Selected Stories from Science ...

Martian Chronicles, The

US tv miniseries (1980). NBC TV. Directed by Michael Anderson. Teleplay Richard Matheson, based on The Martian Chronicles (coll of linked stories 1950; rev vt The Silver Locusts 1951) by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roddy McDowall, Darren McGavin, Bernadette Peters, Nyree Dawn Porter, Joyce van Patten and Fritz Weaver. Three 110-minute episodes. Colour. / The problems with this disappointing, expensive ($8 million) adaptation cannot be blamed entirely on ...

Sinclair, Iain

(1943-    ) UK bookseller (retired), poet and author whose fiction is better described as Fantastika than as sf proper, just as the work of his main American mentor, William S Burroughs can be so designated. Studies and mythopoetic explorations of London, comprising a large body of fiction and nonfiction, have provided Sinclair with a central focus from the beginning of his career. Lud Heat: A Book of the Dead Hamlets (1975), a narrative prose-poem which fabricates a ...

Orlacs Hände

1. Film (1924; vt The Hands of Orlac). Pan Film. Directed by Robert Wiene. Written by Louis Nerz, based on Les mains d'Orlac (15 May-12 July 1920 L'Intransigeant; 1921; trans as The Hands of Orlac 1929; new trans 1981) by Maurice Renard. Cast includes Carmen Cartellieri, Fritz Kortner, Alexandra Sorina and Conrad Veidt. 92 minutes, cut to 70 minutes. Black and white. / In this Austrian film from the director of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1919), a pianist whose injured hands have been ...

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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