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Churchill, Winston S

(1874-1965) UK politician and author, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953; influential advocate of legalized Eugenics programmes, such as he (with others) expounded in the Mental Deficiency Act of 1912, with "deficiency" being defined in both medical and moral terms. His only novel, Savrola: A Tale of the Revolution in Laurania (May-December 1899 Macmillan's Magazine; 1900), is a Ruritanian story set in an imaginary European republic as a civil war rages. He is included here ...


Film (1992, but released 1993). Fortress Films/Village Roadshow Pictures/Davis Entertainment Production. Directed by Stuart Gordon. Written by Steve Feinberg, Troy Neighbors. Cast includes Jeffrey Combs, Clifton Gonzalez Gonzalez, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Christopher Lambert, Loryn Locklin, Kurtwood Smith, Tom Towles and Vernon Wells. 95 minutes. Colour. / In a Near-Future and apparently semi-fascist USA it is illegal to have more than one child, and ex "Black Beret" soldier John Brennick ...

Beck, L Adams

Primary working name of UK-born author born Elizabeth Louisa Moresby (1862-1931), most of whose life was spent in various lands, including China and Japan; primarily in Canada from 1919; as well as L or Lily Adams Beck, she published under various iterations of her name (her second marriage was to Ralph Coker Adams Beck) including Elizabeth Louisa Beck, Elizabeth Louisa Moresby Beck, Louis Moresby and Lily Moresby Adams; she also published as by E Barrington. In general her work – which ...

D'Argenteuil, Paul

Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of The Trembling of Borealis (1899), set in America after a war with Cuba and featuring a revolt of the working classes which brings about a welfare state and the disenfranchisement of Blacks. Given the socialist – albeit racist – bent of the tale (see Politics; Race in SF), the author's Pseudonym can be read as a play on words, linking wealth to work. [JC]

Dobrée, Bonamy

(1891-1974) UK academic and author, in active service during World War One. He is of sf interest for Timotheus: The Future of the Theatre (1925 chap), a contribution to its publisher's To-day and To-morrow series shaped as an excerpt from a Future History told presumably to Dobrée by its unnamed narrator, who had duplicated H G Wells's Time Machine to travel to 2100 CE, and has now returned. The Theatre of this implicitly Dystopian era has become a Psychological weapon in line with the ...

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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