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Howell, George Rogers

(1833-1899) US educationist, editor and author of Noah's Log Book: How Two Americans Blasted the Ice on Mt Ararat and Found Noah's Ark and Some Curious Relics (coll 1898), the title tale describing the discovery of, and transcribing, Noah's journal. To this is appended "The Open Polar Sea: Its Discovery by an Unknown New Yorker, Believed to be From the East End of Long Island", whose narrator has travelled by Balloon to a clement Lost World close to the North Pole. [JC]

Island at the Top of the World, The

Film (1974). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company). Produced by Winston Hibler. Directed by Robert Stevenson. Written by John Whedon based on The Lost Ones (1961; vt The Island at the Top of The World 1968; rev 1974) by Ian Cameron. Cast includes Agneta Eckemyr, David Gwillim, David Hartman, Mako, Jacques Marin, Gunnar Öhlund and Donald Sinden. 93 minutes. Colour. / London, 1907: wealthy industrialist Sir Anthony Ross (Sinden) hires archaeologist and expert on Nordic ...

Gould, F Carruthers

(1844-1925) UK stockbroker, illustrator, editor and author, creator of a large number of amiably satirical political cartoons from about 1879 up to the beginning of World War One, retiring in 1914 from the Westminster Gazette, which he had helped found, and where he published (and illustrated) the first work of authors like Saki, whose sketches for the paper were assembled as The Westminster Alice (coll 1902). His political cartoons, which appeared daily for many years, were fantastical and of ...

Ralston, Gilbert

(1912-1999) Northern Ireland-born screenwriter and author, in America for many years, who may have sometimes written as by Stephen Gilbert (see Stephen Gilbert for discussion of the resulting confusion). It was, however, under his own name that Ralston wrote the screenplay for Willard (1971), the film of the 1968 novel by the "real" Stephen Gilbert, and for the sequel, Ben (script 1971; novelization 1972); in the 1970s he wrote several Westerns, also under his own name. [JC]

Kids From C.A.P.E.R., The

Juvenile tv series (1976-1977). Landsburg-Kirshner Productions for NBC-TV. Executive producers: Alan Landsburg, Don Kirshner. Created by Romeo Muller. Directors included Stanley Z Cherry. Writers included Muller. Makeup by Harry Thomas. Cast includes Steve Bonino, Cosie Costa, Robert Emhardt, John Lansing, Robert Lussier and Biff Warren. Thirteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / The Kids are a singing group/crime-fighting team connected to the 927th Police Precinct in the fictitious city of ...

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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