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Soule, Charles

(1974-    ) US Comics writer and author; he has written scripts for DC Comics' Swamp Thing, though much of his more recent work has been for Marvel Comics, including work derived from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. / Soule's first novel, The Oracle Year (2018), while focusing on its protagonist, who has been suddenly gifted with Precognitive powers, explores with some subtlety the implications of such powers in the almost infinitely interwoven webs of information that ...

Neville, Kris

(1925-1980) US author – mostly of fiction – who worked for many years as a technical writer specializing in plastics technology, and through his connection with the Epoxylite Corporation co-authored several texts on epoxy resins. He began publishing sf with "The Hand from the Stars" (July 1949 Super Science Stories), and for several years was a prolific contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and other magazines; he wrote some fantasy as by Henderson Starke. His ...

God Told Me To

Film (1976; vt Demon). Larco. Produced and directed by Larry Cohen. Written by Cohen. Cast includes Sandy Dennis, Tony Lo Bianco, Richard Lynch and Deborah Raffin. 89 minutes. Colour. / It is as well that Larry Cohen has his own production company, Larco, since it is impossible to imagine any other company taking on so eccentric a project. This is perhaps the most baroque sf movie ever made. A devout Catholic detective (Lo Bianco) investigates separate instances of mass murder linked by the ...

Jones, Cynan

(1975-    ) Welsh author much of whose work, though pared down to allegorical sharpness, is nonfantastic. Cove (2017), whose solitary protagonist finds himself at sea drifting on a kayak after a great storm, verges on a sanserif Fantastika, though details are spared us. Three Tales (coll 2018 chap) contains three fantasies for children told as fables. Stillicide (coll of linked stories 2019), comprising a suite of concise Radio tales (performed Summer 2019 BBC), is set in a ...

Apes as Human

The heading for this entry should be seen as a rough short-hand designation for a subject whose nature is diffuse and has changed constantly over the centuries; in the second edition of this encyclopedia (1993) our remit for this entry – then entitled Apes and Cavemen (in the Human World) – was perhaps excessively broad, though we did not then (nor do we now) focus on quasi-imaginary creatures, variously described as monkeys or apes, who proliferate in Western literature from the ...

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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