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Gems, Jonathan

(1952-    ) US screenwriter and author of Mars Attacks! (1996), a Tie to the Tim Burton film Mars Attacks! (1996), which it novelizes. This film's screenplay was also by Gems, based on the "Mars Attacks" series of Topps trading cards (1962); he had earlier co-scripted Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), based on ...

Coleridge, Christabel

(1843-1921) UK author, grand-daughter of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), whose works tend to advocate Christian sententiae; The Thought-Rope (1898) is a sentimental tale of Telepathy. [JC]

Cheynell, Francis

(1608-1665) UK minister, controversialist from a Presbyterian point of view, and author; his Proto SF Satire, Aulicus His Dream, of the Kings Sudden Comming to London (1644 chap), is one of the first texts in English to be set, even notionally, in the future. The pamphlet complicatedly attacks the Royalist newspaper, Mercurius Aulicus, issues of which were routinely smuggled into London, ...

Golden Bat, The

Japanese film (1966). Original title Ōgon Bat, sometimes rendered as Ōgon Batto. Toei Company. Based on the character created by Suzuki Ichiro and Takeo Nagamatsu. Directed by Hajime Sato. Written by Susumu Takaku. Cast includes Sonny Chiba, Andrew Hughes, Emiri Takami, Hisako Tsukuba and Wataru Yamakawa. 73 minutes. Black and white. / Amateur astronomer Akira Kazahaya (Yamakawa) is abducted by four silent men in black suits and ...

Colbeck, Alfred

(1858-1933) UK Methodist minister and author active from before 1900 as an author of magazine fiction, mostly for boys; When the Earth Swung Over: A Strange Story of the Mysterious White People of the Napo (1926; vt When the Earth Swung Over 2022) is a Lost World tale set in South America, where the survivors of the sinking of Atlantis have established a civilization. [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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