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Ellis, Lindsay

(1984-    ) US film director, online content creator, journalist and author whose first novel, Awoken (2013) with Elisa Hanson and Nella Inserra, all writing as Serra Elinsen, is a spoofish paranormal romance whose protagonist falls in love with all things Cthulhu (see Cthulhu Mythos; H P Lovecraft). Her first solo novel Axiom's End (2020) extracts some UFO material out of the SF Megatext, though it focuses perhaps more interestingly on a kind of sequel to the initial First ...

Space Quest

Videogame series (from 1986). Sierra On-Line (SOL). / Space Quest is a series of linearly plotted graphical Adventures in which the player adopts the role of Roger Wilco, a janitor in a Space Opera universe who strongly resembles the protagonist of the text-based Planetfall (1983). The games' parodic style of humour and comic puzzles are alternately amusing and juvenile, similar in tone to a less frenetic version of Mel Brooks's film Spaceballs (1987). As in the animated series Futurama ...

Dicks, Terrance

(1935-2019) UK scriptwriter, editor, and author, best known for his involvement in various capacities over many years with Doctor Who (see this entry for more details). His career as scriptwriter for this BBC television series began in the late 1960s with rewrite work on episodes 3-6 of Brian Hayles's season-six storyline The Seeds of Death (25 January-1 March 1969), later in the season he was jointly credited with Malcolm Hulke for the ten-part The War Games (19 April-21 June 1969). Dicks was ...

Delacorte, Peter

(1943-    ) US author whose sf novel, Time on My Hands (1997), carries its protagonist back to 1938 Hollywood (see California; Time Travel) with the mission to do anything in his power that will prevent Ronald Reagan from eventually becoming President of the United States; unfortunately for his mission (though fortunately for Reagan, who turns out to be highly likeable), the protagonist's journeys back and forth through time have the effect of destabilizing any attempt to ...

Porter, Peter

(1929-2010) Australian editor and poet, in UK from 1951, prolifically active from 1958; two of his 1960s poems appear in Edward Lucie-Smith's early sf Poetry selection Holding Your Eight Hands (anth 1969). He is of further sf interest for one volume, Mars (coll 1988 chap), heavily illustrated by the Australian painter Arthur Boyd (1920-1999), where a sometimes heavily metaphorical Mars serves as venue and premise for witty and loaded excursions in the direction of the Near Future. [JC]

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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