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Smith, Keith

(1917-2011) Australian radio and television broadcast and author, most famous as for his "Pied Piper" interviews with children; his sf novel, OGF: Being the Private Papers of George Cockburn, Bus Conductor, a Resident of Hurstfield, a Suburb of Sydney, Australia (1965), is a mild-mannered rather spoofish Satire set in the very Near Future of an erratically urbanizing Australia. [JC]

Edmonds, Harry

(1891-1989) UK author, in active service during World War One, who is of sf interest for several adventure tales and of some Near-Future novels, beginning with The North Sea Mystery: A Story of Naval Intelligence Work (1930), which features land-launched torpedoes that threaten to sink the entire Royal Navy. In The Riddle of the Straits (1931), a Future War story set in 1935, the UK and Japan find themselves pitted against the USSR and the USA; a Channel Tunnel saves the UK from embargo. In Red ...

Blow, Ernest J

(?   -    ) South African author of Appointment in Space (1963), an undemanding tale whose protagonists take a Spaceship to Mars, where they have some adventures. [JC]

Invisibility

The fantasy of being able to make oneself invisible is a common childhood daydream. As with all such daydreams, literary treatments of the theme tend to be cautionary tales; the three-decker novel The Invisible Gentleman (1833) by James Dalton is the most extravagant nineteenth-century example. No good comes of it in such early sf stories as Edward Page Mitchell's "The Crystal Man" (January 1881 The Sun anon), H G Wells's classic The Invisible Man (1897) and Jack London's "The Shadow and the ...

von Harbou, Thea

(1888-1954) German author, most noted for her novels based (at least in part) on screenplays written by herself and her husband, Fritz Lang, who divorced her after she joined the Nazi Party in 1932; she was co-author of the screenplays for all the films Lang made before leaving Germany in 1933. Neither Metropolis (1926; trans anon 1927), which was written in conjunction with Metropolis (1926), nor Frau im Mond (1928; trans Baroness von Hutten as The Girl in the Moon 1930; cut vt The Rocket to ...

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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