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Neill, A S

(1883-1973) UK educationist who gained fame for revolutionary theories about the teaching of children and who cofounded the International School – which operated initially on the Continent from 1921, then (from 1924) under the name Summerhill in the UK – to put them into practice. Fictionalized accounts like A Dominie's Log (1916) and its sequels popularized his arguments, and his sf novel, The Last Man Alive (1938), was read aloud to his pupils. The Disaster (see Last Man) it ...

Miller, Joseph D

(?   -    ) US associate professor in the Department of Cell and Neurobiology at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, former NASA space shuttle project director 1982-1987, and scholar of sf who began to publish criticism of genre interest with "Parallel Universes: Fantasy or Science Fiction?" in the Eaton Conference Papers volume Intersections: Fantasy and Science Fiction (anth 1987) edited by George E Slusser and Eric S Rabkin. He has ...


Videogame (2009; vt Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason in Russia). Action Forms. Designed by Alexander Tugaenko, Dmitry Nechay. Platforms: Win. / Cryostasis is a First Person Shooter set on a nuclear-powered icebreaker trapped in the Arctic. The player character arrives under mysterious circumstances, to discover that he is the only living human on a derelict vessel occupied variously by frozen corpses and humanoid monsters who could be atomic Mutants, ice spirits, or neither. Survival depends on ...

Heine, William C

(1919-1991) Canadian journalist, editor-in-chief 1967-1984 of The London Free Press (London, Ontario), and author in whose Near-Future novel The Last Canadian (1974; vt Death Wind 1976; vt The Last American 1986) the survivor of a devastating Pandemic flees northwards into ice and snow; it was later filmed, under yet another title, as The Patriot (1998). [JC]

Felix the Cat

US animated film shorts (1919-1930). Pat Sullivan studio. Created by Otto Messmer and Pat Sullivan. Directed and written by Otto Messmer. 180 episodes (4-11 minutes), all but 12 silent; 15 silent episodes were reissued with sound 1929-1930. Black and white. / Felix was the most popular animated character prior to the rise of Mickey Mouse, and an early example of the successful merchandising of film-related Toys and songs. There is some dispute over who created Felix, but the director and ...

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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