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Clough, Fred M

(?   -?   ) US author of The Golden Age; or, The Depth of Time (1923), a Sleeper Awakes tale set mostly a millennium hence, when a communitarian Utopia has been established, and has spread to Mars and throughout the solar system. Vegetarianism is universal. Blasting the Rock of Ages (1925) puts similar arguments in nonfiction terms. [JC]


1. Russian film (1971). Mosfilm. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. Written by Tarkovsky, Friedrich Gorenstein, based on Solaris (1961; trans 1970; new trans 2011 ebook) by Stanisław Lem. Cast includes Donatas Banionis, Natalia Bondarchuk, Youri Jarvet and Anatoli Solinitsin. 165 minutes; first US version 132 minutes. Colour. / This long, ambitious rendering of Lem's metaphysical novel is regarded by some as one of the finest sf films made; a minority sees it as tediously slow-moving. ...

Le Lapin, Francis

Pseudonym of unidentified Belgian (?   -    ) editor and author whose Satirical The Secret Files of Donald J Trump sequence beginning with The Tijuana Tango (2020) is set in a Steampunk Alternate History version of 1968; among other Satirical happenings, "the spy who loved himself" is dispatched by the Russian Tsar to defuse a budding war between the French and Mexican Empires. This conflict, fomented by revanchist democrats, threatens to make democracies ...

Ariss, Bruce

(1911-1994) US author, illustrator, designer, inventor, muralist and theatre director/producer who studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and then at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland. He published "Dreadful Secret of Jonas Harper" as early as 1948 in What's Doing? Magazine, long before he published his one sf novel, Full Circle (1963), about a Post-Holocaust conflict between Amerindians and a tiny cadre of white survivors of the War of Poisoned Lightning (see World ...

Crow, Martha Foote

(1854-1924) US poet and author of The World Above: A Duologue (1905 chap), a short play of interest for its depiction of an Underground Dystopian Pocket Universe, from which the two protagonists escape, upwards into the surface world. [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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