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Cornwell, Patricia

(1956-    ) US author best known for the Kay Scarpetta crime series beginning with Postmortem (1990) [not listed below], featuring the cases of a Medical Examiner; by the third decade of the twenty-first century more than twenty-five volumes had been published. Cornwell is of sf interest for the Captain Chase sequence of Near Future crime-oriented Technothrillers beginning with ...

Ranzetta, Luan

Pseudonym of Valerie Ranzetta (?   -?   ), author of several routine sf adventures focusing on Alien Invasions, great Disasters and crises in Spaceships; they include The Uncharted Planet (1961) as V Ranzetta, The Maru Invasion: Turmoil and Destruction on Earth (1962), The World in Reverse (1962), ...

Peterson, Margaret

(1883-1933) UK author three of whose novels have some sf interest: Deadly Nightshade (1924), a Lost Race tale in which a civilization of ancient Egyptians is discovered in Africa, guarded by a race of ape-people (see Apes as Human) and ruled by a She figure; Moonflowers (1926), which features, unusually, a female Vampire; and ...

Ralph, James

(1695-1762) American-born historian, controversialist and author, in UK from 1724; his Satirical play, The Astrologer (1744 chap) – remotely based on the mistaken-doubles comedy, Albumazar (1615), by Thomas Tomkis (circa 1580-1634) – targets the tropes and lunacies of what we now call Proto SF, as conveyed through its fatuous protagonists' attempts to make sense of the vision of ...

Captain Midnight

1. Serial Film (1942). Columbia Pictures. Directed by James W Horne. Written by Basil Dickey, Wyndham Gittens, George Plympton and Jack Stanley, based on the radio serial Captain Midnight (1938-1949) created and written by Wilfred G Moore and Robert M Burtt. 15 episodes; total running time 270 minutes. Cast includes James Craven, Sam Edwards, Knox Manning (narrator), Dave O'Brien and Luana Walters. Black and white. / Highly ...

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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