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Sobol, Ken

(1938-2010) US author and screenwriter, in Canada from 1974 onwards. Sobol is probably best known for his numerous scripts for animated and live-action Television programmes. These include contributions to the short animated feature A Cosmic Christmas (1977) for Nelvana/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a fable in which a boy encounters three visitors from outer space who seek the meaning of Christmas; Sobol's book adaptation is A Cosmic Christmas (1979 chap). Further scripts were for the sf ...

Robinson, Phil

(1847-1902) UK journalist and author of stories and essays mostly set in a romanticized India or Africa (see Imperialism); his collections, usually interspersing fiction and nonfiction, include some sf. Of strongest interest may be "The Hunting of the Soko" (in Under the Punkah, coll 1881), an Apes as Human tale that may have influenced Edgar Rice Burroughs's creation of Tarzan, though two others are of interest, "The Man-Eating Tree" (in Under the Punkah), whose title is self-explanatory, and ...

Pollotta, Nick

Working name of US author Nicholas Angelo Pollotta (1954-2013), most of whose work in sf and other genres was under pseudonyms or House Names, including James Axler, Jack Hopkins and Don Pendleton, but who began publishing sf with Illegal Aliens (1989), with Phil Foglio providing extensive illustrations for this comic novel about a street gang in New York which hamstrings the attempts of Aliens to manipulate our planet. The Satellite Night series, beginning with Satellite Night News (1993) as ...

Hayward, Abraham

(1801-1884) UK lawyer, man of letters and translator, well known for biographical and critical essays, and for an early (but prose) translation of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust (1808; 1832; trans Hayard 1833). Of sf interest is The Second Armada: A Chapter of Future History (22 June 1871 The London Times; 1871 chap; vt [for full title see Checklist] 1871 chap) anonymous, a Future War tale in which – after its humiliating defeat at the Battle of Dorking – Britain defeats an ...

John Carter

Film (2012). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Andrew Stanton. Written by Stanton & Mark Andrews and Michael Chabon, based on A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs (February-July 1912 All-Story as "Under the Moons of Mars" as by Norman Bean; 1917). Cast includes Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Taylor Kitsch, Samantha Morton, Daryl Sabara, Mark Strong and Dominic West. 132 minutes. Colour, 3D (converted). / Civil War veteran Carter (Kitsch) bequeaths Edgar ...

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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