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Corkran, Alice

(1856-1916) UK journalist and author, for many years (dates not known) the partner of Richard Whiteing. She is of mild interest for the title story assembled in Mrs Wishing-to-be and Other Stories (coll 1883), in which an implausibly described broomstick-like Spaceship takes the protagonist to the Moon; and for Down the Snow Stairs; Or, From Good-Night to Good-Morning ...

McKenzie, John

(?   -    ) UK author of a Near Future novel, City Whitelight (1986), in which the Cities of the world have become targeted by Disasters of all sorts, from social breakdown to Pandemic; the Cyberpunk tone of the book conveys a sense that there will be no easy outcome for humanity. [JC]

Star Trek: Picard

US tv series (2020-current). CBS Television Studios, Roddenberry Entertainment, Secret Hideout. Created by Kirsten Beyer, Michael Chabon and Akiva Goldsman. Showrunner Michael Chabon. Directed by Doug Aarniokoski, Chabon, Hanelle M Culpepper, Jonathan Frakes, Akiva Goldsman and Maja Vrvilo. Written by Kirsten Beyer, Chabon, James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Samantha Humphrey, Alex Kurtzman, Ayelet Waldman and Nick Zayas. Cast (four episodes or more) includes ...

Goodman, Allegra

(1967-    ) US author, most of whose fiction has been nonfantastic, beginning with her first novel, Kaaterskill Falls (1998). She is of sf interest for The Other Side of the Island (2008), a distant Near Future Dystopian tale set in a kind of Ruined Earth: the planet is now virtually covered by the rising waters caused by ...

Walt Disney Company, The

Popularly referred to as Disney, this media conglomerate has been known by the above name since 1986. Its first iteration was the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio (1923-1926), named after its founders Walt Disney (1901-1966) and Roy O Disney (1893-1971); then The Walt Disney Studio (1926-1929); followed by Walt Disney Productions (1929-1986). Roy Disney's input to the various Disney companies involved business rather than creative matters; he was CEO until 1971 and President (the post previously ...

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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