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Zone Troopers

Film (1985). Altar/Empire. Executive producer Charles Band. Directed by Danny Bilson. Written by Bilson, Paul DeMeo. Cast includes Art La Fleur, Biff Maynard, Tim Thomerson and Timothy Van Patten. 86 minutes. Colour. / This curious, small, honest film is perhaps as close as the cinema has ever got to the flavour of Pulp sf. Three GIs and a war correspondent are trapped behind German lines in Italy in 1944. In between repeated clashes with Germans they befriend a BEM – female, we later ...

Ho-Yen, Polly

(?   -    ) UK author whose early novels have been designed for Young Adult readers, beginning with Boy in the Tower (2014), which is mostly set in a high-rise in a desolate Near Future Dystopian London menaced by a Disaster of unknown origin: giant mobile plants that devour buildings. Where Monsters Lie (2016) replays some of the structure of its predecessor, but as fantasy; Fly Me Home (2017), again set in London, gifts its young protagonist with Magic ...

Reisen, Marx

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of Before the Beginning (1954 chap), in which a colony planet labours under the threat of Invasion from another planet; Androids and Inventions modestly enrich the tale, which ends in a vast enclave understood to be the Garden for a new Adam and Eve. [JC]

Patrice, Helen

(1964-    ) Australian poet and author who began to publish work of genre interest as Helen Sargeant, beginning with "The Questing Knight" in Far Out 3 for 1986, but who is best known for the set of linked poems assembled as A Woman of Mars: The Poems of an Early Homesteader (coll 2011 chap), during which the narrator travels with her lover to Mars and settles there. Some of the imagery reflects, with measured nostalgia, Ray Bradbury's in The Martian Chronicles (coll of ...

Smith, Ben

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, Doggerland (2019) takes its title from the landmass that connected the UK to Europe before around 6000 BCE, and which is permeated throughout by a chthonic saudade about a world Under the Sea that remains somehow whole (though unobtainable): the sea, in the Near Future world of Doggerland's main narrative, has suffered irretrievable Pollution (see also Climate Change), along with the rest of the planet. The protagonist, ...

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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