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Schwartz, Alan

(?   -    ) US author of The Wandering Tellurian (1967 dos), an unassuming Space Opera whose protagonist travels from star to star, having adventures. [JC]

Miller, George Noyes

(1845-1904) US and author, usually of nonfiction texts about the Utopian Oneida Community, whose radically Feminist precepts about Sex – women retain control over their sexual behaviour – are reflected and expounded in The Strike of a Sex (1890) and its sequel After the Strike of a Sex: Or Zugassent's Discovery: With the Oneida Community and the Perfectionists of Oneida and Wallingford (1896), both assembled as The Strike of a Sex and Zugassent's Discovery; Or, after the Sex Struck ...

Randall, John D

(1944-    ) US author of an extremely late Yellow Peril tale, The Tojo Virus (1991), in which a Japanese super-corporation plans to infect America's Computers with an incapacitating virus (see Paranoia). [JC]

Thompson, Andrew

(?   -    ) UK playwright whose first commercially produced drama, In Event of Moone Disaster (performed 2017; 2017), makes structural and Feminist use of a real speech, "In Event of Moon Disaster", written for President Nixon in case the 1969 Moon landing failed. The play is divided into three interacting sections, set in 1969, 2017, and Near Future 2055. In the last of these, Sylvia Moone's granddaughter, also called Sylvia Moone, is about to take the first ...

Wise, Robert

(1914-2005) US film director, who began his career as a film-cutter at RKO Studios and by 1939 was a fully qualified editor. He worked on Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) and also – at the studio's insistence when the director was safely out of the country – directed a few scenes in Welles's The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). He then worked with the Val Lewton unit at RKO, first as editor, then as director. He made three films for Lewton – Curse of the Cat People (1944; ...

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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