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Hesky, Olga

(1912-1974) UK editor and author in whose wry and somewhat Surrealist sf novel, The Purple Armchair (1961), the Alien who resembles an armchair and is purple must decide whether or not the human race – caught in a near-future Dystopia dominated by Computers – should survive. Eventually the "chair" says no. [JC]

Miller, Larry

(?   -    ) UK author of a Tie, Inseminoid (1981), novelizing the film Inseminoid (1981), a Space Opera centred on a planet where successive teams of explorers have died horribly. [JC]

Repo Men

Film (2010). Universal Pictures in association with Relativity Media presents a Stuber Pictures production in association with Dentsu. Directed by Miguel Sapochnik. Written by Eric Garcia and Garrett Lerner, based on The Repossession Mambo (2009) by Garcia. Cast includes Alice Braga, Jude Law, Liev Schreiber and Forest Whitaker. Original release version 111 minutes; extended DVD version 119 minutes. Colour. / A surgical bounty hunter (Law, somewhat miscast) makes his living by repossessing ...

Southon, Arthur E

(1887-1964) UK minister and author, much of his fiction being adventure tales set in Africa. They include A Yellow Napoleon: A Romance of West Africa (1923), which describes an attempted insurrection in the immediate Near Future; and Jackson's Ju-Ju (1927; vt The God of Gold: A Tale of the West African Coast 1927), a Lost Race novel. [JC]

Komatsu Sakyō

(1931-2011) Pseudonym of Minoru Komatsu, a Japanese author and essayist widely regarded as the premier sf writer of his country. He began producing work of interest in 1949 with several Manga under the pseudonym Minoru Mori; none of these has appeared in English format. After publishing Fanzine fiction in 1952, he drifted into the professional field in the late 1950s, in genre Magazines and Japanese newspapers alike, as well as text stories in magazines otherwise devoted to comics, such as ...

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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