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Gerard, Morice

Pseudonym of UK clergyman and author John Jessop Teague (1856-1929), author of many historical novels, and of The New Order (1917), a vision of the Near Future from a staunchly rightwing perspective. [JC]

Boyce, Chris

Working name of Christopher Boyce (1943-1999), Scottish author and newspaper research librarian who reportedly published his first sf, "Autodestruct", in 1964 in an issue of Storyteller Contest or International Storyteller which has not been traced (see Storyteller). A further and better established genre sale was "The Rig" (September 1966 SF Impulse). Boyce's most important work was the sf novel Catchworld (1975), joint winner (with Charles Logan's Shipwreck [1975]) of the Gollancz/Sunday ...

Cruso, Solomon

(1887-1977) US realtor, financier and author; at the end of the 1920s he seems to have been involved in a Ponzi scheme which soon collapsed. He wrote three sf novels told in terms of a Future History perspective some centuries hence, but all disfigured to modern taste through the intense racism of the narrative. In The Last of the Japs and the Jews (1933), a moderately Near Future world war climaxes in 1987 – after millions of Jews have already been eliminated in a long worldwide conflict ...


Film (1992). A Brandywine Production/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by David Fincher. Written by David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson, based on a story by Vincent Ward. Cast includes Charles Dance, Charles S Dutton, Brian Glover, Lance Henriksen, Paul McGann and Sigourney Weaver. 110 minutes. Colour. / One of Hollywood's occasional, strange films so unmitigatedly uncommercial that it is impossible to work out why they were ever made. The film had an unusually troubled development ...

Star Wars Games

The Star Wars intellectual property is of interest as perhaps the archetypal example of an sf transmedia canon which has evolved from a series of films into a franchise which is now continued primarily through Ties (see Star Wars) and (commercially more significant) Videogames. These latter works deal variously with the adventures of characters who do not appear in the films but exist contemporaneously with them, with the distant past of the setting explored in the original trilogy, and with ...

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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