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Space School

UK tv serial (1956). Produced by Kevin Sheldon. Written by Gordon Ford. Cast includes David Drummond, Matthew Lane, Donald McCorkindale, John Stuart and Julie Webb. Four 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / The producer of this Children's SF serial was also behind such earlier British sf serials as The Lost Planet (1954). In Space School, a group of children live in an artificial satellite ...

West, Anthony

(1914-1987) UK author, who used his mother's pseudonym not her legal surname (Fairfield), son of H G Wells and Rebecca West; in America for much of his life. His H G Wells: Aspects of a Life (1984), published just after his mother's death, was widely understood as an act of retribution aimed mainly at her – he was raised eccentrically, mostly at her hands – and only secondarily at Wells; his earlier ...

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

1. Film (1932). Paramount. Produced and directed by Rouben Mamoulian. Written by Samuel Hoffenstein, Percy Heath, based on Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson. Cast includes Rose Hobart, Miriam Hopkins and Fredric March. 98 minutes, cut to 90 minutes, cut to 81 minutes. Black and white. / While Stevenson's suggestion is that civilization may be only skin-deep, his tale of a decent, ...

Williams, Paul O

(1935-2009) US poet – specializing in the haiku – professor of literature and author who won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1983, and who was known in the sf field almost exclusively for his Pelbar Cycle – comprising The Breaking of Northwall (1981), The Ends of the Circle (1981), The Dome in the Forest (1981), The Fall of the Shell (1982), ...

Robinson, Patrick

(1940-    ) UK journalist and author, in US for many years. He is of some sf interest for his Admiral Morgan sequence of Near Future Technothrillers beginning with Nimitz Class (1997). The tales are centred on the American navy and its institutional allies and foes, as espionage and terrorism threats to America, mostly originating in Iran and/or China, are thwarted time and again. The ...

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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