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Stanton, Paul

Joint pseudonym of E E Vielle (who see for details) and Ceylon-born pilot, psychologist and author David Beaty (1919-1999), in UK from an early age; Beaty wrote thrillers under his own name. Writing together as by Stanton, the two wrote Village of Stars (1960). [JC]


Ukranian film studio founded in 1943 which initially produced science documentaries (the name is a contraction of Kiev Science Films), but in 1959 Irina Gurvich, Ippolit Lazarchuk and Nina Vasilenko opened an animation workshop that, until its closure in 1998, made over 300 films, mainly shorts, usually for television. Ukrainian animation had began in 1927 with Vyacheslav Levandovskiy's The Chaff Goby (original title Solomennyi Biychok), but was eventually cut short by the 1932/1933 Holodomor ...

Godfrey, Daniel

(?   -    ) UK author whose New Pompeii sequence, comprising New Pompeii (2016) and Empire of Time (2017), complicatedly but with verve unpacks a Time Travel plot involving the transportation of the inhabitants of Pompeii into a Keep-like duplication of the old City in Near Future central Asia. Echoes of the Lost Race novel can be found, but are sidelined by Technothriller plotting, with expected revelations about conspiracies. The corporation at the heart of ...

Ellis, G A

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of New Britain (1820) [see Checklist for full title], a Utopia on clemently socialist lines, except for heavy strictures against untoward Sex, as the society is devoutly Malthusian. The setting is somewhere westish of Minnesota; the Lost Race which founded New Britain is made up of Puritans from the early sixteenth century – their successful settlement considerably precedes that of Jamestown, therefore. ...

Schaub, Mary

(1943-2009) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Serpentine" in Survival from Infinity (anth 1974) edited by Roger Elwood, and most of whose subsequent work was fantasy. "Exile", a book-length tale assembled in Flight of Vengeance (anth 1992) edited with P M Griffin and Andre Norton, is a Planetary Romance set in Norton's Witch World universe, as is The Magestone (1996) with Andre Norton. [JC]

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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