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Grigsby, Sean

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Eternal H" in Children of the Moon: A Werewolf Anthology (anth 2011) edited by C Bryan Brown. His first novel, Smoke Eaters (2018), though set in the Near Future, features as protagonist a street-wise but weary firefighter worn out after decades of fighting fiery dragons, but called back for a further stand-off; though witty, this fantasy attempts nothing Equipoisal during its rapid ...

Cruso, Solomon

(1887-1977) US realtor, financier and author; at the end of the 1920s he seems to have been involved in a Ponzi scheme which soon collapsed. He wrote three sf novels told in terms of a Future History perspective some centuries hence, but all disfigured to modern taste through the intense racism of the narrative. In The Last of the Japs and the Jews (1933), a moderately Near Future world war climaxes in 1987 – after millions of Jews have already been eliminated in a long worldwide conflict ...

Watling, George

(?   -    ) UK author of Claughton's Curtain (1994), a Technothriller set in the Near Future as the Cold War resumes with both sides attempting to create a perfect radiation shield (see Weapons), behind the shelter of which they can destroy the rest of the world. [JC]

Coury, Phil

(?   -    ) US corporate executive who trained at US Air Force technical schools and served in the USAF during World War Two. His sf novel Anno Domini 2000 (1959) features a future socialist America (see Politics); the plot involves a Senate campaign in which the hero plumps for an alternative course. [JC/DRL]

Lost Horizon

1. Film (1937). Columbia. Directed by Frank Capra. Written by Robert Riskin, based on Lost Horizon (1933) by James Hilton. Cast includes Ronald Colman, Edward Everett Horton, Sam Jaffe, Thomas Mitchell, H B Warner and Jane Wyatt. 133 minutes, cut to 118 minutes, then to 109 minutes; but 128 minute print (some lost footage being represented by stills) available from 2000. Black and white. / In this memorably sentimental, deft, trite, compellingly dreamlike, enormously popular ...

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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