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Cicellis, Kay

Working name of Catherine Mathilda Cicellis (1926-2001), French-born author of Greek descent who writes in English. Her sf novel The Day the Fish Came Out (1967), which novelizes The Day the Fish Came Out (1967), is about an H-bomb and the consequences of its loss off a Greek island; it is not up to the standard of her serious work. [JC]

Brémont, Anna, Comtesse de

(circa 1849-1922) US-born (of Irish parents) singer and author, mainly in South Africa after around 1878. She is of sf interest for A Son of Africa: A Romance (1899), mostly set in a remote African region governed by baboons (see Apes as Human); the young protagonist, whose mother is Black and father is white (see Race in SF), ends up in the UK after a natural Disaster has killed his mother and hurtled his father into an Underground world, where the Queen of Sheba (see She) predicts the ...

Blot, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author William Simpson (1828-1910). In his sf novel The Man from Mars: His Morals, Politics and Religion (1891) the eponymous telepathic traveller tells of his Utopian world. Unfortunately – if his desire was to communicate widely – the human he contacts is a hermit. [JC]

Cosmic Man, The

US film (1959). Allied Artists Pictures Corporation. Produced by Robert A Terry. Directed by Herbert S Greene. Written by Arthur C Pierce from his original story. Cast includes Bruce Bennett, John Carradine, Angela Greene, Paul Langton, Herbert Lytton, Walter Maslow, Scotty Morrow and Lyn Osborn. 72 minutes. Black and white. / A white, globe-shaped UFO appears in the mountains of northern California near a small resort lodge owned by war widow Kathy Grant (Greene). Levitating only a few ...

People that Time Forgot, The

Film (1977). Amicus. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Patrick Tilley, Connor Carter, Maurice Carter, based on The Land that Time Forgot (stories September-November 1918 Blue Book; fixup 1924) by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Cast includes Sarah Douglas, Dana Gillespie, Doug McClure, Thorley Walters and Patrick Wayne. 90 minutes. Colour. / After the mild success of The Land that Time Forgot (1975) and At the Earth's Core (1976), made by the same company, a third Burroughs Lost-World adaptation ...

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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