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Beresford, Leigh

Pseudonym of John Leigh Everett (circa 1941-    ), an author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is Fantocine (1981), a picaresque tale of a born peculator or thief told somewhat in the ornate manner of Jack Vance. [DRL]


Film (1957). Regal/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced and directed by Kurt Neumann. Written by Laurence Louis Goldman, from a story by Irving Block. Cast includes John Emery, Barbara Lawrence and Jeff Morrow. 78 minutes. Black and white. / A scientist is possessed by an alien lifeform of pure energy. Shortly afterwards (the incidents are connected) an "asteroid" (actually a flying saucer) deposits a huge mechanical creature on a Mexico beach. When activated, it moves across the countryside, ...

Twelve Forever

US animated online tv series (2015; 2019). Puny Entertainment and The Cartel for Netflix. Created by Julia Vickerman. Executive Producers Bradford Bricken, Jeff Holland, Shadi Petosky, Stan Spry and Julia Vickerman. Directors include Annisa Adjani, John Mathot and Nick Sumida. Writers include Kelsy Abbott, Spencer Rothbell, Julia Vickerman and Laura Zak. Voice cast includes Kelsy Abbott, Jaylen Barron, Stephanie Beatriz, Matt Berry, Antony Del Rio, Bridget Everett and Paul Williams. 24 mainly ...

Card, Orson Scott

(1951-    ) US author who began his adult life with activities befitting his faith – he worked as a Mormon missionary in Brazil, 1971-1973, an experience seemingly fictionalized to revealing effect in "America" (January 1987 Asimov's). He wrote several plays and other works with religious content before exploding onto the sf scene with his first published story of genre interest, "Ender's Game" for Analog in August 1977. This was nominated for a Hugo and served as the ...

Everett, Frances

(?   -?   ) UK author who also wrote as by Edward Prince; her Dystopia, John Bull, Socialist (1909) [for further details see Checklist below], foresees dire consequences of any triumph of socialism in Britain, suggesting that the colonies will revolt (see Imperialism; Race in SF), pensioners will be left in penury, women (see Feminism; Women in SF) will also be badly treated, and children raised communally, brutalizing them. [JC]

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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