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Maynard, Richard

(1926-    ) UK-born author, resident in Australia, whose The Coconut Book (1985), about a man stranded on an Island, is of some interest. The Quiet Place (1988; vt The Return 1988) rather overcomplicatedly describes the long hegira of a group of astronauts who, due to time dilation (see Relativity), find a Ruined Earth landscape on their return, and that the surviving inhabitants have reverted to savagery after the Disaster – a youth drug, based on a contraceptive ...

Terrell, Heather

(1969-    ) US lawyer and author, initially of historical romances, then of Young Adult paranormal romances, and more recently of the Books of Eva sequence beginning with Relic (2013), set initially in an Arctic Near Future Dystopian City after a great Disaster has transformed the world into a Ruined Earth; the young protagonist, haunted by her twin brother's death but preoccupied by two vying youthful suitors, must undergo the Test, which involves a foray into the ...

Lift, De

Film (1983; vt The Lift). Sigma Films. Directed by Dick Maas. Written by Mass; music by Maas. Cast includes Huub Stapel and Willeke Van Ammelrooy. 99 minutes. Colour. / This neat Dutch Horror film with an sf rationale, dubbed atrociously into English, tells of a homicidal lift (elevator) in a high-rise office building. The lift is controlled by an organic, living Computer (biochip), manufactured in Japan, which has run amuck and reprogrammed itself. The film belongs to the anti-Technology ...

Olsen, Bob

Working name of US teacher, advertising copywriter, real estate agent and author Alfred Johannes Olsen Jr (1884-1956), who began publishing sf with "The Four-Dimensional Roller-Press" for Amazing in June 1927; this was the first of several tales in the Four-Dimensional sequence. Other tales featured Professor Archimedes Banning, whose exploits were patterned on the model of the Edisonade. One magazine story, Rhythm Rides the Rocket (October 1940 Science Fiction; 1942 chap), featuring an ...

Maddox, Tom

Working name of US author Daniel Thomas Maddox (1945-    ) who began publishing polished short stories with "The Mind Like a Strange Balloon" for Omni in June 1985. His only novel to date, Halo (1991), moves from a Cyberpunk Earth to a Space Habitat, engaging en route in an intense contemplation of the nature of artificial intelligence (see AI; Cybernetics; Robots) in a Virtual-Reality environment. The tale is intermittently hectic, but charged with energy. Maddox has ...

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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