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Miklowitz, Gloria D

(1927-2015) US author of work for the Young Adult market; the After the Bomb Holocaust sequence, comprising After the Bomb (1985) and After the Bomb: Week One (1987), is set in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear attack on Los Angeles (see California), and focuses on techniques of immediate survival. Ghastly Ghostly Riddles (coll 1977 chap) is a ...

Inklings, The

Oxford University-based reading circle and discussion group, active from the early 1930s to 1949, which encouraged the writing of Fantasy. Its best known members are C S Lewis, J R R Tolkien and Charles Williams; others with entries in this encyclopedia are Owen Barfield and Roger Lancelyn ...

Cartmill, Cleve

(1908-1964) US author and journalist; co-inventor of the Blackmill system of high-speed typography. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Oscar" for Unknown in February 1941, and several short Fantasy novels, also in Unknown; one of these, "Hell Hath Fury" (August 1943 Unknown), was featured in the George Hay anthology of the same title ...


US tv series (2002-2004). Platinum Studios/Jeremiah Productions, Inc/Lions Gate Television for Showtime Network. Created by J Michael Straczynski and Sam Egan. Produced by George Horie. Directors included Michael Vejar, Neill Fearnley, and Martin Wood. Writers included Egan, Sara Barnes and Grant Rosenberg. Cast includes Luke Perry, Peter Stebbings and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. 35 45-minute episodes. Colour. / It is 2021, fifteen years after a ...

Battle beyond the Stars

Film (1980). New World. Executive producer Roger Corman. Director Jimmy T Murakami. Written by John Sayles, based on a story by Sayles, Anne Dyer. Cast includes Sybil Danning, Steve Davis, George Peppard, John Saxon, Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn and Morgan Woodward. 103 minutes. Colour. / New World, never slow to capitalize on a trend, hoped – with partial success – to woo 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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