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Norman, Donald N

Joint pseudonym of US authors Don Horan (?   -    ) and Norman Stahl (1931-    ), in whose Technothriller Thunder Station (1990), which is set in the very Near Future, America and the USSR come to the brink of committing advanced Weapons and starting World War Three. [JC]

Day of the Triffids, The

1. BBC Radio dramatization (1957) of The Day of the Triffids (6 January-3 February 1951 Collier's Weekly; as "Revolt of the Triffids"; 1951; rev 1951; orig version vt Revolt of the Triffids 1952) by John Wyndham. / 2. Film (1963). Security Pictures/Allied Artists. Directed by Steve Sekely (uncredited), Freddie Francis. Written by ...

Rieder, John

(1952-    ) US academic with the Department of English at the University of Hawaii from 1980 until he retired in 2018; a member of the editorial board of Extrapolation. His Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction (2008) is an important study of the colonialism and Imperialism themes in sf (including Gothic SF) from its beginnings to the ...

Sky, Kathleen

(1943-    ) US author born Kathleen McKinney (the Sky came from her first husband Karl Sky) whose first genre story was "One Ordinary Day, with Box" in Generation (anth 1972) edited by David Gerrold. She was married to Stephen Goldin 1972-1982, and wrote with him The Business of Being a Writer (1982); she is thus also known as Kathleen Sky-Goldin but has not used this version of ...

Elliot, Jeffrey M

(1947-2009) US academic – professor of political science at North Carolina Central University – and author who has published prolifically in several areas. Much of his work in sf has been for Robert Reginald The Borgo Press, some of it in collaboration with Reginald himself – including the second version of Reginald's The Attempted Assassination of John F. Kennedy (1977 chap) as by Lucas Webb, which Elliot helped to revise into ...

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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