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Perriman, Cole

Joint pseudonym of US authors Wim Coleman (1954-    ) and Pat Perrin (?   -    ), who are married to one another; their very Near Future sf novel, Terminal Games: A Cyberthriller (1994), faces its female protagonist, who does recreational time in a Cyberspace site called Insomnimania, with a serial killer, who seemed restricted to ...

Yerex, Cuthbert

Pseudonym of Canadian-born author Mary Estella Yerex (1867-1947), in the US from an undetermined point after 1883, when she married Arthur Cuthbert in Ontario; her Christopher Brand: Looking Forward (1934) is a relatively late response to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), in which the abolition of money, and other radical solutions, ends the Great Depression. [JC]

Space School

UK tv serial (1956). Produced by Kevin Sheldon. Written by Gordon Ford. Cast includes David Drummond, Matthew Lane, Donald McCorkindale, John Stuart and Julie Webb. Four 25-minute episodes. Black and white. / The producer of this Children's SF serial was also behind such earlier British sf serials as The Lost Planet (1954). In Space School, a group of children live in an artificial satellite ...


UK Fanzine (1996-2011). The name is a computer acronym, "Press Lots Of Keys To Abort"; the fanzine, subtitled "The Journal of Superfluous Technology", was edited and published by the "Plokta Cabal" comprising Alison Scott, Steve Davies, Mike Scott alias Dr Plokta, Sue Mason, Giulia de Cesare, Steven Cain and – more recently – Marianne Cain, Jonathan Cain, and Flick Christian. Plokta was nominated nine times for the Best Fanzine ...

Hale, Benjamin

(1983-    ) US author whose first novel, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore (2011), casually addresses issues of Evolution, though the first person narrator of the tale, an implausibly evolved chimpanzee (see Apes as Human), after describing his early years in a Zoo focuses primarily on the nature of language (see Linguistics) and ...

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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