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O'Loughlin, Ed

(1966-    ) Canadian journalist and author, some of whose earlier novels verge into Technothriller country but are not fantastic. His fourth novel, the very Near Future This Eden (2021), is of sf interest for its depiction of a world where games (see Games and Sports) do not only reflect reality but increasingly create the world. Though told with some ...

Smith, Horace

Working name of UK stockbroker, playwright, parodist, poet and author Horatio Smith (1779-1849), whose novels of contemporary manners began to appear in 1800. "On a Stupendous Leg of Granite ..." (25 January 1818 The Examiner), a poem written in friendly competition with Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymandias" (11 January 1818 The Examiner) (see Ruins and Futurity), was collected in ...

Knight Rider

US tv series (1982-1986). Glen A Larson Productions/Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Glen A Larson. Produced by Gino Grimaldi, Tom Greene, Steven E de Souza, Gerald Sandford, Hannah Louise Shearer and Harker Wade. Directors included Bob Ball, George Fenady, Sidney Hayers, Winrich Kolbe, and Jeffrey Hayden. Writers included Burton Armus, de Souza, Janis Herdler, Bruce Lansbury, Larson and Richard Christian ...


Describing sf in Bangla (or the Bengali language) is a topic fraught with difficulties. Any understanding of sf in this linguistic region must begin with an analysis of kalpabigyan, the term generally used as a very rough analogue to sf in Bangla at present. / First of all, there are problems of definition, as kalpabigyan, which is a recent formulation (see below), has a wider range of meanings and applications than those usually associated with sf, because at least in part it ...

Willingham, Calder

(1922-1995) US screenwriter and author whose flamboyant Southern regionalism was most fully expressed in End as a Man (1947) and Eternal Fire (1963). He may now be best remembered for his scripts for The Graduate (1967) with Buck Henry (1930-2020), and for Little Big Man (1970) based on the Western with fantasy elements by Thomas Berger. An original filmscript for Steven ...

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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