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Tales of the Unanticipated

US letter-size Semiprozine, known affectionately as ToTU, which was originally published by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society from Fall 1986, but became an independent magazine from issue #24 (July 2003). It has been edited throughout by Eric M Heideman. For the first eighteen issues it appeared at the rate of roughly three issues every two years; the schedule became annual from August 1998, switching to a slightly smaller, near-standard format (9.75 x 7.5 in; 245 x 190mm) from issue #20 ...

Rose, Heather

(1964-    ) Australian author whose Tuesday McGillycuddy sequence with Danielle Wood under the joint pseudonym Angelica Banks, and beginning with Finding Serendipity (2013), is fantasy for younger readers. Rose is of sf interest for the Near Future Bruny (2019), set just after an American president has engineered a second term and Brexit is in force; in Tasmania, a Chinese-financed and -engineered project to construct a bridge between Bruny Island, which is south of Hobart, ...

Davy, Humphry

(1778-1829) English scientist and author famous for inventing the miner's safety-lamp in 1815; knighted 1812, baronet 1818, President of the Royal Society 1820. In his youth he was an acquaintance of the romantic poets of the day: a friend of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he helped correct the proofs of Coleridge's and William Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads (coll 1798), and some of his own poems were included in an anthology edited by Robert Southey. His last work, Consolations in Travel; or, The Last ...

Knight Rider

US tv series (1982-1986). Glen A Larson Productions/Universal Television for NBC-TV. Created by Glen A Larson. Produced by Gino Grimaldi, Tom Greene, Steven E de Souza, Gerald Sandford, Hannah Louise Shearer and Harker Wade. Directors included Bob Ball, George Fenady, Sidney Hayers, Winrich Kolbe, and Jeffrey Hayden. Writers included Burton Armus, de Souza, Janis Herdler, Bruce Lansbury, Larson and Richard Christian Matheson, Cast includes William Daniels, David Hasselhoff, Rebecca Holden, ...

Kahn, Katie

Working name of UK executive in the field of digital Technology and author Katie Khan Wood (?   -?   ), whose first novel, Hold Back the Stars (2017), recounts the climax of a Near Future love story whose two protagonists, unable to return to their Spaceship, have only 90 minutes of oxygen left. Below them, planet Earth shows a savage face, seemingly as a consequence of World War Three, though Europe has established a flexible Utopian model for survival, with ...

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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