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New Zealander

If Louis-Sébastien Mercier's Memoirs of the Year Two Thousand Five Hundred (1771) can be set to one side, because its protagonist travels forward in time (see Time Travel) in order to view the ruins of Versailles, the first published narrative set in the future in which a tourist of that future period investigates the ruins of a city like London seems to be Thomas Lyttelton's posthumous Poems, by a Young Nobleman ...; Particularly the State of England, and The once flourishing City of ...

Wise, Robert L

(1939-    ) US evangelical minister and author of a "Christian horror" novel, Midnight (1993) who collaborated with Paul Meier on the second two volumes of the Millennium sequence [see Checklist below]. His solo sf-like novel, Wired (2004), like Millennium focuses on a Christian version of a post-Disaster world, in this case one that has been savagely depopulated and transformed into a police state. [JC]

Lowther, George

(1913-1975) US Radio scriptwriter, Television screenwriter, radio producer and director, and author whose The Adventures of Superman: Based on the Cartoon Character Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (1942), an original story Tied to the newish Superman universe, which had to this point manifested mostly in Comics format, though despite the subtitle it seems likely that Lowther's version of the Superhero is connected more closely to his own work in the 1940s as scriptwriter for the Radio ...

Universe [game]

Videogame (1983). Omnitrend Software (OS). Designed by Thomas Carbone, William Leslie III. Platforms: Atari8 (1983); AppleII (1984); DOS (1987). / Universe, a largely text-based game with some outline graphics which is played in turns, is an interesting precursor to the space exploration form of Space Sim, of which the first true example was Elite (1984). As in a space exploration game, players each possess their own spacecraft but must mine, trade, transport cargo and passengers and ...

Costello, Frederick H

(1851-1921) US author of the Prehistoric SF novel Sure-Dart: A Story of Strange Hunters and Stranger Game in the Days of Monsters (1909), set at a time when eastern Colorado was an inland sea, and human boys hunted dinosaurs (see Scientific Errors). [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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