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Chambers, Julius

(1850-1920) US journalist, noted for his daring in the gathering of far-flung stories, with the Philadelphia Times from 1900; and author of "In Sargasso": Missing, a Romance; Narrative of Capt. Austin Clark, of the Tramp Steamer "Caribas," Who, for Two Years, Was a Captive Among the Savage People of the Seaweed Sea (1896), a Lost Race tale – the race is composed of descendants of slaves and Spaniards – whose protagonists finds a new Utopia in the Sargasso Sea, a society in which ...


Pseudonym of Hector Hugh Munro (1870-1916), Burma-born UK author and journalist in England from infancy; noted for the acerbic wit and grace of his fiction, almost all of it in short forms. In the late 1890s he began writing contemporary political sketches, inspired and illustrated by F Carruthers Gould, for The Westminster Gazette as by Saki, the name of the "Minister of Wine" in The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam, publishing these Parodies of Lewis Carroll as The Westminster Alice ...

Bailey, Robin Wayne

(1952-    ) US author, who often publishes as Robin Bailey or Robin W Bailey; almost all his work is fantasy [a small selection is listed below], beginning with the Frost sequence. Much of his infrequent sf, mostly Military SF tales previously printed in various anthologies edited or co-edited by Martin H Greenberg, is assembled in Turn Left to Tomorrow (coll 2007). Bailey's fantasy, too, is shaped around action sequences. He served as president of Science Fiction and ...

Derrick, Katherine Ross

(?   -?   ) UK author whose only known novel, A Maid from Mars (?1923 chap), describes the experiences of a young female Martian (see Mars) in her attempts to establish a cultural bond with humans. [JC]

Dark City

Film (1998). New Line Cinema presents a Mystery Clock production. Directed by Alex Proyas. Written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs, and David S Goyer; story by Proyas. Cast includes Jennifer Connelly, Melissa George, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland. Theatrical cut 100 minutes; Director's Cut 111 minutes. Colour. / An Amnesiac murder suspect in a mysteriously sunless City discovers that his and everyone else's identities are the fabricated product 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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