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Whitmore, Arvella

(1922-2020) US teacher and author of novels for younger readers and the Young Adult market whose Trapped Between the Lash and the Gun: A Boy's Journey (1999) follows the ordeal of a contemporary African American teenager who is transported by Time Travel into the nightmare of Slavery-ridden antebellum America, from which he must escape. [JC]

Timeslip [tv]

UK tv series (1970-1971). Associated Television (ATV). Created by James Boswell and Ruth Boswell. Produced by John Cooper. Directed primarily by Peter Jefferies, with John Cooper, David Foster and Ron Francis. Written by James Boswell, Ruth Boswell, Victor Pemberton and Bruce Stewart (19 episodes). Cast included Spencer Banks, Derek Benfield, Cheryl Burfield, Iain Fairbairn, Mary Preston, Denis Quilley and Iris Russell. 26 30-minute episodes. Colour and black and white. / Competently cast ...

Brenton, Howard

(1942-    ) UK screenwriter and playwright, active from the late 1960s, his dramas often being Satires focused on social, economic and political issues in the UK, frequently conveyed through estranged pantomime routines as evolved from Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), some of whose plays he has adapted for British performance. Singletons of sf interest include The Churchill Play: As it will be Performed in the Winter of 1984 by the Internees of Churchill Camp Somewhere in England ...

Marquis, Don

(1878-1937). US playwright, poet and author, largely self-educated. Active from about 1900, he began his career as a columnist in 1907 for Uncle Remus's Magazine edited by Joel Chandler Harris; he eventually moved to New York in 1909 and in 1912 secured a column on The Evening Sun (an evening offshoot of The Sun) which he called "The Sundial" and used as a vehicle for Satirical prose vignettes and humorous poetry with a cast of recurring characters including The Old Soak and Hermione the ...

Scott, Melissa

(1960-    ) US author who began publishing sf with her first novel, The Game Beyond (1984), a Space Opera of some resonance which uses analogies with the Roman Empire – familiar since the early Foundation stories (1951-1953) of Isaac Asimov – with considerable skill (see History in SF). In 1986 she won the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, at least in part for Five-Twelfths of Heaven (1986), first volume of the Silence Leigh sequence which continued 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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