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Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

US tv series (2008-2009). Created by Josh Friedman. Producers include Friedman, Mario Kassar, Joel B Michaels, and James Middleton. Directors include Charles Beeson, Jeffrey G Hunt, and David Nutter. Writers include Friedman, Denise Thé, Natalie Chaidez, and Ashley Miller. Cast includes Lena Headey as Sarah Connor, Thomas Dekker as John Connor, Richard T Jones as James Ellison, Garret Dillahunt as Cromartie/John Henry, Summer Glau as Cameron Phillips, Brian Austin Green as Derek Reese ...

Gillet, A F

(1861-?   ) US inventor, who held some patents for agricultural tools, and author of an sf novel for boys, Titan and Volcan [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1933), whose two protagonists discover a floating Island named Volcan which is inhabited by a miniature Lost Race (see Great and Small); they boast advanced Technology and a humane social order. [JC]

Crichton, Michael

(1942-2008) US physician, film director and author, who also wrote as by Jeffery Hudson and John Lange. His first novel, Odds On (1966) as by Lange, a caper thriller which narrowly avoids the fantastic, was published before his graduation from Harvard Medical School; his medical background was evident here and throughout his career (see Medicine). Odds On was followed by several more pseudonymous titles, some of these having some sf interest. A Case of Need (1968) as by Jeffery Hudson is a ...

Cloukey, Charles

(1912-1931) US author and student whose death at the age of 19 robbed the field of a precocious talent. Cloukey's first sale was made when he was only fifteen, "Sub-Satellite" (March 1928 Amazing). It raised the interesting question of what happens in lunar Gravity when bullets are fired on the Moon. Both writing and plotting were of someone ahead of their years. Cloukey's most accomplished stories were a trilogy, clearly inspired by H G Wells, starting with the Club Story format with Time ...

Phillips, Holly

(1969-    ) Canadian author who began to publish work of genre interest with "No Such Thing As an Ex-Con" for On Spec in Summer 2000; much of her early work, not including this story, was assembled as In the Palace of Repose (coll 2005), most of the contents being best read as fantasy; a later collection, At the Edge of Waking (coll 2012), is fantasy. "The Other Grace", however, neatly Equipoises two explanations for the protagonist's Amnesia: the amnesia is genuine; or (as ...

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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