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Armour, John

(1889-1954) Australian minister of the Presbyterian faith whose service in the Australian outback 1918-1920 inspired his fiction, of which Burning Air (1928) is sf. The premise – the eponymous radioactive wind promises to be a more or less free Power Source for Australia – is of potential interest, but the story itself is impossibly awkward, the author shows no real gift at landscape description, speculative gifts are absent, and singularly unpleasant racist emotions shape the ...

Williams, Mark S

(?1972-2020) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Maze Run" with David J Williams in Star Wars Insider #131 for 2012; his first novel is Transformers: Retribution (2014), also with Williams, a Tie to the Transformer universe, prequelling the various films (see Transformers – The Movie etc). [JC]


Japanese animated tv series (1973-1974). Original title Shinzō Ningen Kyashān; vt Neo Human Casshern; vt Casshern. Tatsunoko Productions. Created by Tatsuo Yoshida. Directed by Hiroshi Sasagawa. Writers include Tadashi Fukui, Akiyoshi Sakai and Jinzo Toriumi. Voice cast includes Ikuo Nishikawa, Emiko Tsukada, Kenji Utsumi and Masato Yamanouchi. 35 25-minute episodes. / A cliff-top castle is lit by lightning, imagery doubtless intended to evoke thoughts of the Frankenstein Monster, ...

Holmes and Yo-Yo

US tv series (1976). Heyday Parody, Universal Television Studios, ABC Television Network. Created by Lee Hewitt and Jack Sher. Produced by Arne Sultan. Directors included Jack Arnold and Noam Pitlk; starring John Shuck, Richard B Shull, Bruce Kirby, Andrea Howard. Written by Sultan, John Landis and Richard Freiman. Thirteen 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Detective Alexander Holmes (Shull) has the unfortunate habit of always having his partners either severely injured, or killed outright, ...


Film (2009). Icon Entertainment International/Framestore/UK Film Council in association with The Pacific Film and Television Commission present a Dan Films/Pictures in Paradise production. Written and directed by Christopher Smith. Cast includes Rachael Carpani, Michael Dorman, Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Lung and Henry Nixon. 96 minutes. Colour. / A young mother of an autistic son takes a day off to go sailing with five companions in the Bermuda Triangle, but a freak storm traps ...

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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