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Schoonover, Lawrence

(1906-1980) US author best known for his many historical novels. Central Passage (1962) is set after a nuclear Holocaust has demolished the Isthmus of Panama, setting the oceans astir and initiating a convulsive spasm of Climate Change with a new ice age threatened; its escalation is averted through a successful attempt to block the Isthmus again. In the meantime, Post-Holocaust atomic radiation has caused radical mutations (see Mutants), resulting in a breed of Supermen destined to inherit the ...

Bingham, Frederick

(?   -?   ) UK dramatist and author, whose The Cap Becomes a Coronet: A Downstairs Romance. A.D. 19— (1894 chap) lightly spoofs social customs of the Near Future. [JC]

Cahun, Léon

(1841-1900) French Orientalist and author whose Les aventures du Capitaine Magon; ou, une exploration Phénicienne milles ans avant l'ère chrétien (1875; trans Ellen E Frewer as The Adventures of Captain Mago; or, a Phoenician Expedition, B.C. 1000 1876) follows the Phoenician Captain on a Fantastic Voyage, first northwards to Finland, then around Africa, visiting (en passant) the Queen of Sheba. [JC]

Cremators, The

Film (1972; vt Dune Rollers). Arista Productions Inc/New World Pictures. Produced by Roger Corman and Harry Essex. Directed by Harry Essex. Written by Essex based on "Dune Roller" (December 1951 Astounding) by Julian May, credited on screen as Judy Dikty. Cast includes Eric Allison, Mason Caulfield, Maria De Aragon and Marvin Howard. 75 minutes. Colour. / Prologue: a huge ball of fire falls from the sky into a large lake as a Native American watches from the shore; the fireball is an Alien ...

Manson, Marsden

(1850-1931) US engineer – San Francisco City Engineer 1908-1912 – and author of an early Yellow Peril tale, The Yellow Peril in Action: A Possible Chapter in History (1907 chap), in which a Future War between the USA and China is won by the latter. [JC]

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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