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Watson, J C

(?   -    ) South African author of Shadow Over the Rand: A South African Novel (1955), an sf novel set in the very Near Future in Johannesburg as a Pandemic caused by a strange "virus tuberculosis" comes close to destroying first the city (where the death toll nears 50%) then the country. But a research doctor develops a vaccine (see Medicine). The plague had begun in an unsanitary Black slum; Blacks are described throughout with affectionate condescension as ...

Pagliassotti, Dru

(1966-    ) US academic, publisher and author who is of sf interest for her Steampunk Clockwork sequence beginning with Clockwork Heart (2008), set in a world seemingly governed by a Computer-controlled Great Engine. The protagonist is a young woman in a guild of messengers who accomplish their missions with the aid of artificial wings (see Flying) made of ondinium, the lighter-than-air metal that gives her land its dominance over the world. Romance ensues, and threatening ...

Golan the Insatiable

US animated tv series (2013-2015). ADHD, Amazing Schlock, Double Hemm, Friends Night. Created by Josh Miller. Executive Producers include Hend Baghdady and Nick Weidenfeld. Directors include Douglas Einar Olsen. Writers include Pat Casey and Josh Miller. Voice cast includes Mary Mack, Josh Miller, Aubrey Plaza and Rob Riggle. Twelve 11-22 minute episodes. Colour. / Golan (Miller/Riggle), a horned, demonic "God-lord, commander of all that was seen and unseen" from the Gkruool Dimension, ...

Charlton, L E O

(1879-1958) UK author and military officer (in the Royal Flying Corps throughout World War One) whose career became precarious after the war ended; on secondment to Iraq in the early 1920s, he had responded negatively to his discovery that "an air bomb in Iraq was, more or less, the equivalent of a police truncheon at home", and resigned his post. Much of his writing from this point deals with war in the air; his predictions of the extent of air power in the future perhaps overestimated its ...

Presslie, Robert

(1920-2000) UK author who worked as a pharmacy manager in London; he is remembered for readable and occasionally memorable short fiction on conventional Genre SF themes. His first sale was "Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted" in Authentic for June 1955. Presslie was notably prolific in the late 1950s, twice achieving the feat of simultaneous publication in three major UK magazines: Authentic, Nebula Science Fiction and Science Fantasy in October 1957, and Nebula Science Fiction, New Worlds and ...

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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