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White, Fred M

(1859-1935) UK author whose first work of sf interest seems to be "The Island of Shadows" (2 April-9 July 1892 Illustrated Chips), a short novel whose protagonists, aided by a gelatine-like substance that allows them to breathe Under the Sea, discover a sunken Island which, when disturbed, reveals an entrance to the Hollow Earth, where furry amphibious humans have established a Utopia. He later contributed sf to Pearson's Magazine, The Strand Magazine and other general fiction magazines, ...

Beason, Doug

(1953-    ) US author and officer in the USAF with a PhD in physics who began publishing sf with "The Man I'll Never Be" for Amazing in May 1987. Return to Honor (1989), Assault on Alpha Base (1990) and Strike Eagle (1991) are Technothrillers, but Lifeline (1990) with Kevin J Anderson is of sf interest, and marked both writers as names to watch. Further novels with Anderson (whom see for further details of both books), The Trinity Paradox (1991) and Assemblers of Infinity ...

Williams, Gordon

(1934-2017) Scottish journalist and author best known for the nonfantastic The Siege of Trencher's Farm (1969), filmed by Sam Peckinpah as Straw Dogs (1971), and for the Hazell detective novels with Terry Venables (1943-    ), the two writing together as P B Yuill, beginning with Hazell Plays Solomon (1974), all three volumes being later televised. The slightly earlier The Bornless Keeper (1974) as by P B Yuill (but solely by Williams) is a seemingly supernatural thriller ...

Goong

["Palace"] South Korean tv series (2006; vt Princess Hours; vt Princess, circa 2007). Eight Peaks, MBC. Directed by Hwan In-roe. Written by In Eun-ah. Cast includes Choi Bool-am, Yun Eun-hye, Kim Jeong-Hoon, Joo Ji-hun, Ju Ji-hun, Song Ji-hyo and Kang Nam-gil. 24 episodes. Colour. / In an Alternate History of Korea that finds the country retaining its monarchy into the twenty-first century, the girl-next-door Chae-kyong (Yun) is promised in marriage to the Crown Prince, the dashing but ...

Killus, James P

(1950-2008) US chemist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Son of ETAOIN SHRDLU: More Adventures in Type and Space" for Asimov's with Sharon N Farber, Susanna Jacobson and Dave Stout in June 1981, publishing about twenty stories in all, most of them more ambitious than this initial vignette. His first novel, Book of Shadows (1983), is fantasy; his second, Sunsmoke (1985), undemandingly combines sf and fantasy in a story set in a fog-beset Los Angeles (see California), ...

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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