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Westworld [tv]

US tv series (2016-current). Bad Robot/Jerry Weintraub Productions/Kilter Films. Created, part directed and part written by showrunners Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, "with" Michael Crichton. Other Season One directors include Jonny Campbell, Richard J Lewis, Michelle MacLaren, Neil Marshall, Vincenzo Natali, Frederick E O Toye, Stephen Williams. Credit sequence directed by Patrick Clair. Other Season One writers include Ed Brubaker, Dan Dietz, Halley Gross, Katherine Lingenfelter, Dominic ...

Wise, Robert L

(1939-    ) US evangelical minister and author of a "Christian horror" novel, Midnight (1993) who collaborated with Paul Meier on the second two volumes of the Millennium sequence [see Checklist below]. His solo sf-like novel, Wired (2004), like Millennium focuses on a Christian version of a post-Disaster world, in this case one that has been savagely depopulated and transformed into a police state. [JC]

Gomillion, Agnes

(?   -    ) US author whose distant Near FutureDystopia The Record Keeper (2019), set almost two centuries after World War Three has devastated the planet, describes an America which has reverted to open Slavery of its non-white citizens; the protagonist is a slave privileged with a desk job, where she is assigned to create alt.hist rewrites of the previous decades (see George Orwell). [JC]

Child, Heather

(?   -    ) UK virtual marketer and author whose first novel, Everything About You (2018), is set in an only moderately Dystopian Young Adult Near Future Britain, where a teenage girl, gains access to an Avatar of her desperately missed dead sister via a Virtual Reality interface. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the AI within the ghost within the machine begins to gain assurance. [JC]

Sloane, William M

(1906-1974) US playwright, publisher and author whose interest in the occult was reflected in his sf novels, To Walk the Night (1937; rev 1954) and The Edge of Running Water (1939; vt The Unquiet Corpse 1956), both later assembled as The Rim of Morning (omni 1964); along with one story, "Let Nothing You Dismay" (in Stories for Tomorrow, anth 1954, ed Sloane), they are all the sf he wrote. To Walk the Night complexly combines horror and sf in its depiction of an Alien from another Dimension who ...

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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