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Rayner, Mark A

(?   -    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Any Port in a Storm" for Parsec for Summer 1999; in The Amadeus Net (2005), an Immortal Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has survived into the Near Future, where – after a world-shaking Disaster – he has assisted in the construction of a Utopia; a few years later, in 2028, he applies for a sex change. The book is a Satire, with many targets. Marvellous Hairy (2009) is also a ...

Perkins, Frederick B

(1828-1899) US librarian, editor and author, who often spelled his first name Frederic, and also wrote as by Pharaoh Budlong; father of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. President Greeley, President Hoffman, and the Resurrection of the Ring: A History of the Next Four Years . . . Written in the Second Week of November, 1876 (dated 1876 but 1872 chap) as by Pharaoh Budlong is a spoof Future History describing the course of the American presidency for four years after the election of Horace Greeley ...

Tower Comics

The Comics imprint of Tower Books, active from 1965 to 1969, originally edited by Wally Wood. Wood found himself unable to handle the workload alone and brought in veteran comics writer Samm Schwartz (1920-1997) to help with all titles except his own. Wood had been promised a great deal of creative control and a large budget for the line, which included teen titles, war comics, and Superhero titles. It is best remembered today for Wood's The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, featuring a curious team of ...

Life after People

US tv series (2009-2010). Flight 33 Productions for The History Channel. Created by David de Vries. One two-hour pilot film plus 20 45-minute episodes. Colour. / This unusual Thought Experiment series speculated on what might happen to various places and landmarks of the world if humanity should suddenly vanish for unspecified reasons. The timeline for each episode typically started at one day after the event, then one week, one month, one year, ten years, and so on up to a hundred million ...

Weverka, Robert

(1926-2009) US author, who also wrote as by Robert McMahan; known solely for Ties to the Television series Probe, including Search (1973) and Moonrock (1973); and to several films, including Hangar 18 (1980) with Charles E Sellier Jr (1943-2011), which novelizes Hangar 18 (1980). [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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