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Barre, Daniel

(?   -?   ) Probably pseudonymous UK author of The King's Messenger: A Wonderful Long Complete Story (1915), in which a Lost World, whose giant Black ruler has military ambitions, is discovered through a six-mile tunnel, and its sequel, The Great White Chief: A Powerful Long Romance (1915); the location is Africa, the Lost Race turns out to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel, who are now Moon Worshippers (see Moon); but God – through the agency of the ...

Fawcett, Fausto

(1957-    ) Working name of Brazilian author, songwriter and singer who entered Rio de Janeiro's musical scene with spoken word albums and shows displaying a hip-hop edge and lyrics with strong, surreal imagery: Fausto Fawcett e os Robôs Efêmeros ["Fausto Fawcett and the Ephemeral Robots"] (1987) and Império dos Sentidos ["Empire of the Senses"] (1989). His written sf is an expansion of his songs about futuristic landscapes and bizarre urban characters ...

Frayn, Michael

(1933-    ) UK journalist, playwright and author, best known for such work outside the sf field as the novel Towards the End of the Morning (1967; vt Against Entropy 1967), which despite its vt is not sf, and for Copenhagen (performed 1998; 2001), which examines the historical meeting during World War Two between Niels Bohr (1885-1962) and Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976). The Tin Men (1965) is a very funny Satire on the Computer simulation of human consciousness and thought, ...

Wul, Stefan

Pseudonym of French dental surgeon and author Pierre Pairault (1922-2003), who swept onto the sf scene with several consistent and imaginative novels, all published 1956-1959. In his first, Retour à "O" ["Return to Zero"] (1956), a desperate attempt by Earth – to control criminals imprisoned on the Moon (see Crime and Punishment) by shrinking them (see Miniaturization) – catastrophically backfires: all human life on Earth is destroyed, though two humans from the Moon ...

Man's Best Friend

Film (1993). New Line Cinema/Roven-Cavello Entertainment. Written and directed by John Lafia. Cast includes John Cassini, Robert Costanzo, Lance Henriksen, Fredric Lehne and Ally Sheedy. 87 minutes. Colour. / Routine sf/horror movie, with moments of black humour: Dr Jarret (Henriksen) has been performing animal experiments at the EMAX research lab, and has created a super killer guard dog through DNA splicing, some of the imported genes coming from other species (see Genetic Engineering). ...

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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