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Biemiller, Carl L

(1912-1979) US businessman, journalist and author, of sf interest for his two series of novels for older children: the Jonny sequence comprising The Magic Ball from Mars (1953) and Starboy (1956); and, more interestingly, the Post-Holocaust Hydronauts sequence – The Hydronauts (1970), Follow the Whales: The Hydronauts Meet the Otter People (1973) and Escape from the Crater (1974) – focusing on the aquatic adventures of a group of trainees in the Ranger Service, which controls ...

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man

Film (1951). Universal International Pictures. Directed by Charles Lamont. Screenplay by John Grant, Robert Lees and Frederic I Rinaldo, very loosely based on The Invisible Man (1897) by H G Wells. Cast includes Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nancy Guild, Arthur Franz. 82 minutes. Black and white. / Boxer Tommy Nelson (Franz) is framed for the murder of a boxing promoter when he refuses to throw a bout as ordered by local gangsters. Knowing that his girlfriend's father has the Invisibility ...

Alexander, Thea Plym

(1936-    ) US author of 2150: "The Macro Love Story" (1971 as by Don and Thea Plym; exp vt 2150 A.D. as by Thea Alexander 1976), in which a pacific vegetarian Utopia is promulgated on the lines also laid down in the original authors' A Macro Philosophy for the Aquarian Age (1971); she was listed as solo author of the similar The Prophetess: Conversations with Rama. Book Four of the How to Develop series (1972). [JC]

Tregarron, Yate

Pseudonym of UK playwright and author Hilda C Adshead (?1901-?1985). The Idle Fairy (1926 chap), under her own name, is a children's fantasy; as Tregarron, she is of sf interest for Murderers' Island (1925), a Near Future tale in which murderers are banished to a penal Island (see Crime and Punishment; Prisons). [JC]

Tieryas, Peter

Working name of South Korean-born author Peter Tieryas Liu (1979-    ), in the USA from infancy, who used his full name in earlier work, beginning with the concisely Equipoisal tales assembled as Watering Heaven (coll 2012), some of which seem nonsequitural until they lodge themselves within expected parameters of Fantastika. Though authors like Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges seem directly or indirectly to tint Tieryas's work, he is in general notable for his ...

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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