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Pringle, Eric

(1935-2017) UK screenwriter and author connected in his earlier career with the Doctor Who universe, for which he wrote a Tie, Doctor Who – The Awakening (1985). Later he chiefly concentrated on Radio work, though his Big George sequence for younger children, beginning with Big George (2001), amusingly retells the legend of Saint George and the Dragon in sf terms, with a lovable Alien serving as dragon. [JC]

Brooke, Jocelyn

(1908-1966) UK journalist and author; during active service in World War Two, he worked as a pox wallah (a medical aide who concentrated on venereal diseases); he is most noted for psychological fantasias like The Scapegoat (1948) and The Goose Cathedral (1950). The Image of a Drawn Sword (1950) casts an Equipoisal sf hue over the extremities of psychological horror that follow its protagonist's recruitment into a merciless army at some point – wanly interfused by hints of Timeslip from ...

Chaviano, Daína

(1957-    ) Daína Chaviano is one of the most relevant Cuban authors today. Her career as a writer begun in sf and fantasy, but after moving to Miami in 1991 she became mostly a mainstream writer. However, she has never abandoned her commitment to fantasy, and has re-edited all her sf works outside of Cuba. / In 1979, Chaviano became the first author to win the sf edition of the prestigious David Award for new writers with the collection Los mundos que amo ["The ...

Hahn, Charles Curtz

(1858-1938) US priest (deposed in 1884), religious poet and author whose The Wreck of the South Pole; Or, the Great Dissembler and Other Strange Tales (coll 1899) contains mainly the title novella, about a Lost Race at the South Pole with Telepathic powers and advanced technology; plans to "wrench" the pole, thus changing the world's climate, do not bear fruit. The remaining stories are fantasy. [JC]

Along the Moonbeam Trail

US silent film (1920). Herbert M Dawley Production. Directed, written and with special effects by Herbert M Dawley. Cast includes Herbert M Dawley. Circa 15 minutes. Black and white. / Uncle Jack Holmes (Dawley) takes his two nephews to camp in an "enchanted wood". As they sleep, Queen Mab, fairy of dreams (see Supernatural Creatures), arrives: she gives them a magic biplane (see Transportation) that flies the trio to the Moon and beyond (see Space Flight). They see Mars, the "deposed God ...

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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