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Cooper, Parley J

(1937-    ) US author in various genres under various names, with an emphasis on horror. Of sf interest is The Feminists (1971) (see Feminism), which describes a Dystopian state in which women have made slaves of men, who duly revolt. [JC]

Lily C.A.T.

Japanese animated film (1987). Studio Pierrot. Directed and written by Hisayuki Toriumi. Voice cast includes Masako Katsuki, Hiroyuki Okita and Osamu Saka. 70 minutes. Colour. / In the twenty-third century the Starship Saldes is hired by a mining company to convey its staff (and a pet cat, Lily) to survey a newly discovered planet. The round trip will take 40 years, so all will travel in Suspended Animation. However, during the journey the ship's Computer notices life readings on passing ...

Wedlake, G E C

(1897-1978) UK playwright and author who is of some sf interest for The Wrecking Ray (1935), the eponymous Ray apparently attacking via radio waves. [JC/SH]

Adams, Sean

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Famous Detective and his Telepathy Goggles" in Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet for April 2010. He is of strong sf interest for his first novel, The Heap (2020), which concentratedly depicts a collapsing Near Future America through the literal collapse of Los Verticalés, a 500-storey apartment building; this, before its fall, serves as a kind of aliquot sample of a ...

Freeman, Gillian

(1929-2019) UK author active from around 1955; she is of sf interest for The Leader (1966), set in the kind of Near Future Dystopian UK threatened, as not infrequently in novels of this category published in post-war UK, by the rise of a fascist nonentity through an increasingly ruthless exploitation of racial and ethnic prejudices to promote his Britain First party. The Undergrowth of Literature (1967), a nonfiction study of pornography in popular literature, makes reference to Comics, ...

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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