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Sandes, John

(1863-1938) Irish-born journalist and author, in Australia from 1887, noted for a determinedly patriotic, Christian form of Australian nationalism; he also wrote as by Don Delaney. His first novel, Love and the Aeroplane: A Tale of Tomorrow (1910), is set in a distant Near Future Australia transformed by advances in Transportation, with monorails and other innovations. The story itself is a somewhat congested romance, built around the treatment of horses as pests whose extermination the ...

Shatner, William

(1931-    ) Canadian actor from 1952, and author, long resident in the USA, where he gained fame as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek television series, going on to star in all the film sequels; he also directed the disappointing Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), about which he wrote, with Lisbeth Shatner, The Captain's Log: William Shatner's Personal Account of the Making of Star Trek V, the Final Frontier (1989). Other books incorporating public memories include Star ...

Heliotrope

US professional downloadable Online Magazine co-founded by Damon Caporaso, Dave Comery and Jay Tomio, with Tomio as the editor-in-chief. It ran for six issues, each long delayed, from August 2006 to Spring 2009. Each issue was beautifully designed with emphasis given to striking artwork and features, most of which looked better on screen than when downloaded. Each issue ran just two or three short stories, most of which were more fantastic than sf, though Edward Morris's recursive "On the Air" ...

Chevalier, Haakon

(1901-1985) US author and translator from the French of many works; his career as a university professor was destroyed by the House Unamerican Affairs Committee after 1950. The Man Who Would Be God (1959), meant as a self-defence against the 1953 accusation that he had committed treason with Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the "father of the atomic bomb". Almost inadvertently, the tale creates a portrait of a nuclear physicist who wishes to save the world from itself, but whose idealism, has ...

Star Encounters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: Jeffrey Goodman. Three bimonthly issues, all in 1978. / One of several sf Cinema magazines issued by Myron Fass from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, Star Encounters was among the shortest-lived. It featured some UFO material in the initial issues, and also sf Comics. An article examining the filmed works of Ray Bradbury was perhaps the most interesting item to ...

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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