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Space School

UK tv serial (1956). Produced by Kevin Sheldon. Written by Gordon Ford. Cast includes David Drummond, Matthew Lane, Donald McCorkindale, John Stuart and Julie Webb. Four 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / The producer of this Children's SF serial was also behind such earlier British sf serials as The Lost Planet (1954). In Space School, a group of children live in an artificial satellite while their father spends his time surveying the moons of Mars for possible landing sites. The model ...

Viereck, George S

(1884-1962) German-born author, in US from 1896, naturalized 1910; he was a close friend of Nicola Tesla. Though well known between the Wars as an apologist for defeated Germany, as in The Kaiser on Trial (1937), his views on Hitler were considerably more guarded, though deeply offensive in their anti-semitism. On his refusal to register as a German lobbyist or agent in World War Two he was imprisoned, gaining his release only in 1947. His first fiction of interest was The House of the Vampire ...

Niesewand, Peter

(1944-1983) South African-born journalist and author, in the UK after 1973; his reporting of the political situation in what was then Rhodesia, and his imprisonment there, are well-remembered. Of sf interest is Fallback (1982), a Technothriller in which a Computer expert involved in medical research is transformed into a Cyborg in order to prevent World War Three. [JC]

Gordon, Stuart

Working name of Scottish teacher and author Richard Alexander Steuart Gordon (1947-2009), not to be confused with the director of supernatural horror films, Stuart Gordon, nor with Stuart Gordon (1924-    ), the author of Gordonstown: A New Design for America (1980). Gordon also wrote as Alex R Stuart and published his first sf story – "A Light in the Sky" for New Worlds in July 1965 – as Richard A Gordon. His first sf novel, Time Story (1972), describes a ...

Strange Plasma

US Semiprozine, letter-size, published by Edgewood Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and edited by Steve Pasechnick. Intended to be quarterly the magazine ran for eight occasional issues, once or twice a year between Summer 1989 and Winter 1994, Pasechnick openly admitting that producing a Small Press magazine was "far more difficult" than he had imagined. Subtitled "speculative + imaginative fiction", Strange Plasma was too irregular to be influential, but held high standards and was one of ...

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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