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Marshall, Archibald

Working name of UK author Arthur Hammond Marshall (1866-1934), who was prolific and popular in the early decades of the twentieth century. His Erewhonian sf Satire Upsidonia (1915) amusingly places a young man in a Parallel World, an Underground civilization somehow linked with ours, where all values, in particular Economic ones, suffer a reversal: wealth is verboten, theft is a form of giving; many comic points are lightly made. The Simple sequence beginning with Simple Stories (coll 1928) ...

Night that Panicked America, The

Made-for-tv film (1975). ABC TV. Directed by Joseph Sargent. Written by Nicholas Meyer, Anthony Wilson, based partly on the text of the original 1938 Radio play War of the Worlds by Howard Koch. Cast includes Michael Constantine, Cliff De Young, Vic Morrow and Paul Shenar. 100 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / The film recreates the 1938 Orson Welles broadcast of an updated and relocated version of H G Wells's The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's; 1898) which, due to its ...

Lie Detectors

Sf authors frequently invoke devices that can tell truth from falsehood a great deal more reliably than real-world polygraphs. The latter are anticipated in "The First Watch" (June 1909 Hampton's Magazine) by Edwin Balmer and William MacHarg, later included in The Achievements of Luther Trant (coll 1910), while their mechanical limitations are considered in G K Chesterton's non-sf Father Brown detective story "The Mistake of the Machine" (October 1913 Pall Mall Magazine). There is an early film ...

McCowan, Archibald

(?   -?   ) US author whose first novel of interest is Philip Meyer's Scheme: A Story of Trades Unionism (1892) as by Luke A Hedd [ie "look ahead"]; its protagonist, after writing a pamphlet espousing the Utopian socialism of Edward Bellamy in Looking Backward (1888), takes it on himself to unite the workers in the Near Future real world. By 1910, the world has been transformed for the better. The Billionaire: A Peep into the Future (1900 chap), easily readable as ...

Rogers, Jane

(1952-    ) UK screenwriter and author of Young Adult novels beginning with Separate Tracks (1983), none of her early work being fantastic, though Island (1999), a mundane fantasia on William Shakespeare's The Tempest (performed circa 1610-1611), comes close. Mr Wroe's Virgins (1991) – she also scripted the Television version (1993) – is her best known work. Of sf interest is The Testament of Jessie Lamb (2011), set in a Near Future world where a mysterious ...

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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