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Heydron, Vicki Ann

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Keepersmith" for Asimov's in 1979 with Randall Garrett, who was her husband; most of her work, like the Gandalara Cycle beginning with The Steel of Raithskar (1981) with Garrett and ending with The River Wall (1986) with Garrett, were written in collaboration with him. [JC]


Film (1998). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents a Jerry Bruckheimer production in association with Valhalla Motion Pictures. Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, Gale Anne Hurd. Directed by Michael Bay. Written by Jonathan Hensleigh, J J Abrams, Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno, Robert Roy Pool. Cast includes Ben Affleck, Billy Bob Thornton, Liv Tyler and Bruce Willis. 150 minutes, 153 minutes director's cut. Colour. / Noisy, expensive, and a little childish, ...

Ley, Willy

(1906-1969) German-born scientist and scientific writer who emigrated to the USA in 1935. In Germany he had published his first book, Die Fahrt ins Weltall ["Journey into Space"] (1926); his second, the anthology Die Möglichkeit der Weltraumfahrt: Allgemeinverständliche Beiträge zum Raumschiffahrtsproblem ["The Possibility of Interplanetary Travel"] (1928), assembled essays by Hermann Oberth, and other members of the extremely influential Verein für Raumschiffahrt [the ...

Free, Colin

(1925-1996) Australian author whose The Soft Kill (1973), set in a totalitarian Near Future world in the depths of an Overpopulation crisis (an emphasis which clearly dates Free's concerns, as later in the twentieth century overpopulation became an issue more often ignored than confronted); the privileged few live in elevated Keeps. [JC]

Beukes, Lauren

(1976-    ) South African author, mostly of Urban Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], who began to publish work of genre interest with "Branded" in SL Magazine for 2004. Her first two novels – Moxyland (2008) and Zoo City (2010), which won the Arthur C Clarke Award – suggest en passant sf readings to underpin her narratives; these edgily Equipoisal sf elements have more or less singlehandedly brought Johannesburg into the modern world, as ...

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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