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Buckle, Richard

(1916-2001) UK music critic who specialized in ballet, and author of a fantasticated Utopia, John Innocent at Oxford: A Fantasy (1939), which depicts a late-twentieth-century Oxford (and hence Britain) as though Max Beerbohm or Ronald Firbank had dreamed it – extravagant, witty, class-obsessed, boneless – all hilariously rendered. It may well be the last "irresponsible" pastoral utopia published before ...

Wood, Tat

(?   -    ) Author, initially in collaboration with Lawrence Miles, of The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who, a nonfiction companion to the Television series Doctor Who whose first-published volume is About Time 3: The Unauthorized Guide to Doctor Who – Seasons 7 to 11 (2004) with Miles. [DRL]


US Semiprozine, seven issues, irregular, November 1977-1985, small-Bedsheet slick format, published by Flight Unlimited, Kansas City; edited by Pat Cadigan. This was brought out by a partnership of Arnold Fenner (publisher) and Cadigan, now better known as a writer, whose first story, "Death from Exposure", was published in #2 (February 1978) and went on to win a Balrog ...

Demon Seed

Film (1977). MGM. Directed by Donald Cammell. Written by Robert Jaffe, Roger O Hirson, based on Demon Seed (1973) by Dean R Koontz. Cast includes Julie Christie, Gerrit Graham, Berry Kroeger and Fritz Weaver. 95 minutes. Colour. / When the supercomputer Proteus IV is switched on it refuses to obey instructions, in the time-honoured tradition (for examples of which, see ...

King, Owen

(1977-    ) US author, son of Stephen King and brother of Joe Hill, most of whose work has been nonfantastic, and who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Meerkat" in Who Can Save Us Now? (anth 2008) edited by King and John McNally. He is of some sf interest for Sleeping Beauties (2017) with Stephen King, a sophisticated embedding 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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