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Mack, David

(?   -    ) US screenwriter and author almost exclusively associated with the Star Trek universe, for which he has written several Ties, beginning with Star Trek: The Next Generation: A Time to Kill (2004). With John J Ordover he has written some Star Trek scripts, and a Comics miniseries, Deep Space Nine/Next Generation: Divided We Fall (2001 4vols). [JC]

End of the World, The [film 2]

Danish silent film (1916; original title Verdens Undergang; vt The Flaming Sword). Nordisk Film. Directed by August Blom. Written by Otto Rung. Cast includes Olaf Fønss, Johanne Fritz-Petersen, Frederik Jacobsen, Thorleif Lund, Ebba Thomsen and K Zimmerman. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Rumours that the new Comet discovered by astronomer Professor Wisemann (Zimmerman) will shortly hit the Earth leads to a stock market collapse. Wisemann's cousin, industrialist Frank Stoll ...

Johnson, Alaya Dawn

(1982-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shard of Glass" in Strange Horizons for February 2005, and most of whose work has been Fantasy: including the Spirit Binders sequence beginning with Racing the Dark (2007), which is set in Polynesia before the whites came, and featuring characters in control of the spirit world; and the Zephyr Hollis sequence beginning with Moonshine (2010), featuring a Vampire in New York. This second series can be ...

Mouton, Eugène

(1823-1902) French magistrate and author who usually wrote as by Mérinos [sheep in French], though his own name also appears on later title pages; he was of Creole birth, was raised in Guadeloupe, and in so far as he may be deemed West Indian may be the first West Indian sf author, preceding M P Shiel in this distinction. Of the stories assembled in Fantaisies (coll 1883), "L'historioscope" (trans Brian Stableford in News from the Moon, anth 2007, as "The Historioscope") is of most sf ...

Crandall, Melissa

(?   -    ) US author of Ties, including one for Star Trek, one for Quantum Leap (1989-1993) and a novelization of the two-part opening story of Earth 2 (1994-1995). [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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