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Shackleton-Hill, Angela

(?   -    ) UK author of Greensight (1984), a not entirely successful attempt to present a vision of the Far Future northlands of this planet as having gone through profound cultural and physical transformations. There are hints of Genetic Engineering, and attempts to convey strangeness through the diction chosen (see Linguistics), rendering ...

Follett, James

(1939-2021) UK author of fiction and technical material, not to be confused with his cousin, Ken Follett. Some of his early sf work was created for BBC TV and BBC Radio, including The Light of a Thousand Suns (1974) and most famously the Earthsearch sequence, for which he wrote both the radio version – two seasons of ten episodes each, Earthsearch: A Ten-Part Adventure Serial in Time and Space ...

Pellegrino, Charles R

(1953-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Oh, Miranda!" with George Zebrowski, for F&SF in September 1991. His first novel, Flying to Valhalla (1993), describes the first successful attempt at interstellar flight, accomplished through the Invention of an Antimatter drive. His second, The Killing Star ...

Mayer, Bob

(1959-    ) US soldier and author who has published military novels under his own name, often utilizing his experiences as a Green Beret, and whose works of sf interest have been published under two pseudonyms, Robert Doherty and Greg Donegan. As Doherty – after The Rock (1996), a Time Travel thriller set at Ayers Rock in the Australian outback – he published the Area 51 sequence of thrillers, beginning with ...

Machine, The

Film (2013). Red & Black Films. Directed and written by Caradog W James. Cast includes Jade Croot, Helen Griffin, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Denis Lawson, Caity Lotz, Jean-Paul Macleod and Toby Stephens. 91 minutes. Colour. / There is no backstory; by the year 2013, it may be, the makers of The Machine felt none would be necessary. The viewer is dumped in medias res into a desolate surveillance-heavy Near Future England just as a ...

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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