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Pitt, Stanley

(1925-2002) Australian Comics artist, cartoonist and illustrator, active from around 1942, his early comics work in particular influenced by Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon; over an exceedingly prolific career he sometimes signed his name Stan Pitt, and sometimes worked as by Safone Jais. His first original work of sf interest is probably the comic strip Silver Starr in the Flameworld (24 November ...

Lucas, F L

(1894-1967) UK author and critic, better known in the latter capacity; his criticism, though sharp-minded, fought fatally shy of twentieth-century thought. He was in active service throughout World War One, and was involved during World War Two in the Ultra code-breaking project at Bletchley Park. Of his fiction, The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Other Stories (coll of linked stories 1937), like much of the work of F Britten ...


Armenia animated film (1988; vt Veter). Armenfilm. Directed by Robert Sahakyants. Written by G Danielyan. 18 minutes. Colour. / As nuclear missiles launch (see World War Three), a junior officer at a military base inspects the passes of the arriving senior staff. Initially fairly normal, the staff become more unusual as time goes on – tailed, three-legged, four-legged, ...

Berry, Stephen Ames

(1947-    ) US systems analyst and data architect, formerly with the US Army Security Agency, and author whose John Harrison/Biofab War sequence of Near Future adventures comprises The Biofab War (1984), The Battle for Terra Two (1986), The AI War (1987) and Final Assault (1988). Military engagements (see Military SF) predominate throughout between ...

Brown, Pierce

(1988-    ) US author whose Red Rising sequence, comprising Red Rising (2014), Golden Son (2015) and Morning Star (2016), soon proves more interesting than its Young Adult Dystopia trappings might hint. The tale is set on Mars, where society is divided into castes according to imposed colour branding [for Colour-Coding, as more usually ...

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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