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Morey, Leo

Working name of American artist Leopoldo Morey y Pena (1889-1965). Born into a well-to-do family in Peru, he studied engineering at Louisiana State University and briefly did illustrations for a newspaper in Argentina before returning to America to work as an artist, first in New Orleans and later in New York City. Some interior art and covers for Hugo Gernsback's Science and Invention presumably brought him to the attention of Gernsback's associate T O'Conor Sloane, and when Gernsback left ...

Sawyer, Walter Leon

(1862-1915) US journalist and author, usually for younger readers; the Jack Lorimer series, all as by Winn Standish, focused on sporting feats. Of sf interest is An Outland Journey (1896), in which a young lad finds himself in "Fairyland", which takes the form, strictly (if absurdly), of a rule-bound Utopia. But it is all a dream. [JC]

Stone, Dave

(1964-    ) UK Comics writer and author, initially active in the Judge Dredd universe, his novels for that enterprise, which begin with Judge Dredd: Deathmasques (1993), being set primarily in the vast Dystopian City known as Brit-Cit. He has subsequently been occupied almost exclusively with the production of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Sky Pirates! (1995) in the Doctor Who New Adventures sub-series. Perhaps as a consequence of his temporary liberation ...

Birds, The

Film (1963). Universal. Director Alfred Hitchcock. Written by Evan Hunter, based on The Birds (October 1952 Good Housekeeping; 1996 chap) by Daphne du Maurier. Cast includes Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy and Rod Taylor. 119 minutes. Colour. / Ordinary birds in a small seaside town near San Francisco (see California) suddenly and without explanation launch a series of murderous attacks on people. The appearance of menace out of a clear sky is paralleled, symbolically, by the ...

Warrick, Patricia S

(1925-    ) US academic, most of whose work has concentrated upon the themes explicated in the book version of her PhD thesis, The Cybernetic Imagination in Science Fiction (1980), an impressively thorough study that concentrates on the work of Isaac Asimov, including an analysis of the Encyclopedia Galactica which serves as Hari Seldon's electronic bible in the Foundation series; her analysis is supplemented by Machines That Think: The Best Science Fiction Stories about ...

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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