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Presland, John

Pseudonym of Australian poet, playwright and author Gladys Williams Skelton Bendit (1885-1975), in UK from early adulthood; she signed at least one novel, the nonfantastic Barricade (1926) as by John Presland and Gladys Skelton. Escape Me – Never! (1928) is set in the Near Future. Some of her poetry, like "Wisdom and Youth" in The Deluge and Other Poems (coll 1911) the long quasi-dramatic "The Quest" and others assembled in Selected Poems (coll 1961), were Arthurian. [JC]

Dalmas, John

Pseudonym for all his fiction of US author John Robert Jones (1926-2017), whose first career was as a research ecologist for the US Forest Service, in which connection he published at least 20 pieces on ecology and high elevation forests. He began publishing work of genre interest with The Yngling (October-November 1969 Analog; fixup 1971; rev 1984), which, with its prequel, Homecoming (1984) – both assembled as The Orc Wars (omni 1992) – depicts a barbarian future whose history ...

Doctor Strange

Film (2016). Marvel Studios presents. Directed by Scott Derrickson. Written by C Robert Cargill, Scott Derrickson and Jon Spaihts from the Comic book character of the same name created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee, which first appeared in the Marvel Comics anthology series Strange Tales #110 (July 1963). Cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Hemsworth, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton and Benedict Wong. 115 minutes. Colour. / A former surgeon searching for ...

Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The

1. Radio series (1978, 1980). BBC Radio 4. Written and created by Douglas Adams, produced by Simon Brett (first episode) and Geoffrey Perkins (subsequent episodes). Cast includes Peter Jones as The Book, Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Stephen Moore as Marvin the Paranoid Android, Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Susan Sheridan as Trillian. Six 30-minute episodes broadcast weekly from 8 March 1978 to 12 April 1978. Christmas special 24 December 1978. ...

Botten, Bill

(1935-    ) UK artist, originally a graphic designer; he then worked as an art director for Sphere Books before turning freelance, at least half of this work – over 100 covers – being for the publisher Jonathan Cape, mostly in the 1970s and early 1980s. His covers for Cape in particular were brightly coloured, sophisticated highly imaginative, and were sometimes infused with surrealistic humour. Noteworthy instances of his approach include his cover for John T ...

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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