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Berezin, Fedor

(1960-    ) Russian-Ukrainian soldier, author and, subsequently, politician, once lauded by the New Yorker as the "Russian Tom Clancy" for his prolific output of novels involving War and Military SF. He studied at the Engels Higher Anti-Aircraft Missile Command Air Defense School of the USSR, graduating in 1981 and serving as a rocket officer in what is now Kazakhstan. Retiring at the rank of captain after ten years' service, he returned to his hometown, just in time to ...

Prisoners of Gravity

Canadian tv series (1990-1993). TVOntario; also broadcast on La Chaine Francaise. Produced and directed by Gregg Thurlbeck, written and presented Rick Green. Four seasons. 30 minutes per programme. Colour. / The premise of this vigorous and surprisingly successful series – not a drama series but a talk show about speculative fiction, probably the only such programme in the world – was that Commander Rick (Rick Green) operates a pirate broadcasting station from the communications ...

Hunting, Gardner

(1872-1958) US author, often for Young Adult readers, whose sf novel The Vicarion (1926; exp 1927) features the Vicarion, a Time Viewer directed toward the past, which plays back the permanent record of what has been. As a consequence, murders can be solved, politics cleaned up and the true events of history understood at last. [JC] see also: Machines. /

Brockway, Fenner

(1888-1988) UK author long active in socialist politics, long respected for his humane personality. He was imprisoned for his opposition to World War One; served as a member of the British Parliament 1929-1931 and 1950-1964; and was made a life peer in 1964. In his sf novel, Purple Plague: A Tale of Love and Revolution (1935), a liner is quarantined at sea for a decade because of a mysterious plague; a Ship of Fools culture develops; a brave Scientist finds a cure for the deadly virus at the ...

Hoover, Kenneth Mark

(1959-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Joke Hell" for Fantastic Stories of the Imagination in 2000, and whose sf novel, Fevreblau (2005), re-investigates the familiar sf tale in which the women of Earth are unjustly accused of a sin against the race: in this case, most of them have died of an otherwise undescribed Pandemic and are imprisoned as breeders (see Feminism). The Marwood sequence comprising Haxan (2014) and Quaternity (2015), which ...

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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