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Man They Could Not Hang, The

Film (1939). Columbia. Directed by Nick Grinde. Written by Karl Brown, based on a story by Leslie T White and George W Sayre. Cast includes Lorna Gray, Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor and Robert Wilcox. 72 minutes. Black and white. / A kindly Scientist (Karloff) invents a mechanical heart, and one of his students volunteers to undergo clinical death to test it; a police raid at the critical moment prevents this and the student dies. Karloff is executed for murder, but arranges to be revived with ...

Watts, Peter

(1958-    ) Canadian marine biologist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Niche" in Tesseracts3 (anth 1990) edited by Candas Jane Dorsey and Gerry Truscott; his early short fiction was assembled as Ten Monkeys, Ten Minutes (coll 2001); Beyond the Rift (coll 2013) mostly assembles more recent stories. He is very much better known, however, for his longer work, in particular the Hard SF Rifters sequence, comprising Starfish (1999) and Maelstrom ...

Jade, Symon

Pseudonym of US author Michael Eckstrom (?   -    ), responsible for the Starship Orpheus sequence of Space Opera adventures, in which a rebel warship flees a repressive galactic empire, and engages in gadfly enterprises: Return from the Dead (1982), Cosmic Carnage (1983) and Alter Evil (1983). The series seems to have been terminated. [JC]

Nunez, Sigrid

(1951-    ) US editor, journalist and author whose fiction, beginning with A Feather on the Breath of God (1995), might be described as stressed mimetic; some of her tales, like Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury (1998), a fictional biography of Virginia Woolf's dog, edge into Fantastika, relaxedly conceived. She is of sf interest for Salvation City (2010), which is set in a very Near Future America devastated by a flu-like plague; in the eponymous isolated town (see Keep), ...

Cooper, Clare

(1935-    ) UK author – not to be confused with the US writer Brenda Cooper – almost exclusively of novels for Young Adult readers, beginning with David's Ghost (1980). Of her tales of genre interest, the Simon Jones sequence, beginning with The Black Horn (1981), is fantasy; Earthchange (1985) describes a Ruined Earth and the attempts of its young cast to build a new life; Ashar of Qarius (1988) pits its slightly saccharine child protagonists against an Alien on ...

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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