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Luigi, Belli

An Australian House Name or more likely pseudonym used by Australian author G C Bleeck (1907-1971), author of a large number of Westerns under various names including Brad Cordell, and of thrillers under his own name. As Belli, he is responsible for some short sf in Thrills Incorporated and several novella-length tales of sf interest published in the sister magazine ...

Earth and Fire

Minor Dutch prog-band. Their second album Song of the Marching Children (1971) includes in its twenty-minute title-track a seemingly-future-set narrative about a new children's crusade to "the crack of doom". Atlantis (1973) is a concept album about the rise and fall of this supposedly high-tech city, and To the World of the Future (1975) vaguely fills out a future-oriented theme. Gate to Infinity (1977) can do little with its ...

Butler, Andrew M

(?   -    ) UK academic and critic whose PhD from the University of Hull was published as Ontology and Ethics in the Writings of Philip K. Dick (1995); he returned to Philip K Dick with The Pocket Essential Philip K. Dick (2000), the first of several books he wrote in the Pocket Essentials series of short introductions. / Though his academic interests include various aspects of critical ...

Plague, Inc.

Videogame (2012). Ndemic Creations. Platforms: IoS, Android; as vt Plague, Inc: Evolved, PC, Xbox One. / A deadly plague is spreading across the world at an alarming rate. People cower inside their houses. Transport gradually shuts down and the world goes dark as the last survivors are left mewling and puking in holes in the ground. The player's mission is to help these plagues spread and exterminate the human race.... / Plague Inc. is ...

Severn, David

Pseudonym of UK author David Storr Unwin (1918-2010), a member of the Unwin publishing family; most of his work was for older children, beginning with Rick Afire! (1942), the first of several nonfantastic titles – the rick here in question being in fact a mundane hayrick – in the Crusoe sequence, which was followed by the Warners series, similarly nonfantastic, perhaps so designed to comfort readers living through World War Two and its aftermath. Severn's ...

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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