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Stout, Rex

(1886-1975) US author who began publishing poems and stories in magazines as early as 1910, and became best known for his Nero Wolfe detective stories, beginning with Fer-de-Lance (1934) and continuing to the end of his life, the last being A Family Affair (1975); none of the Wolfe novels and novellas have any fantastic content. Some of his early work does, however, contain fantastic elements: the book-length "A Prize for Princes" (2 May 1914 Cavalier/30 May 1914 All-Story Cavalier Weekly [see ...

Mezrich, Ben

(1969-    ) US broadcaster and author who remains best known for nonfiction books like Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions (2002), a narrative whose dramatic licence inspired accusations that it was fiction, and The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal (2009); he also writes as by Holden Scott. Of sf interest are several medical thrillers that hover at the edge of ...

Balderston, John L

(1889-1954) US playwright and screenwriter who wrote, always in collaboration, some dramas of genre interest. Berkeley Square (performed 1926; 1928 chap) with J C Squire is a Timeslip fantasy based on The Sense of the Past (1917) by Henry James; Red Planet (1933 chap) with J E Hoare is a Near Future moral melodrama in which a hoax message from Jesus is received from Mars. Films whose scripts he worked on, sometimes as adaptor, usually in collaboration, though he wrote some scripts solo, include ...

Freiberger, Fred

(1915-2003) Film and Television writer and producer, noted for producing the final season of the original Star Trek (1966-1969), and perhaps somewhat unfairly blamed for the lower quality of that last season. With the series suffering from a reduced production budget and aired in a time slot where it had no chance of decent ratings, there was little more that he could have done. Previously, Freiberger wrote screenplays for The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953) and the Bert I Gordon film The ...

Smile, R Elton

Working name of US physician and author Elton R Smilie (1819-1889), known for advances in the practice of anaesthetics. He is of sf interest for two intriguing (if confusedly told) tales. In The Manatitlans; Or, a Record of Recent Scientific Explorations in the Andea Lat Plata, S A (1877), a white expedition travels up the Paraguay River where it discovers a Lost Race descended from the Romans; they in turn introduce the expedition to a race of tiny humanoids (see Great and Small), the ...

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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