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Madsen, Axel

(1930-2007) Danish-born journalist and author, in Canada from 1956 and in US from the 1960s; best-known for his biographies, whose subjects included John Jacob Astor and Simone de Beauvoir. Of sf interest is Unisave (1980), in which the Overpopulation crisis has created a Dystopian world. [JC]

Carter, Carmen

(1954-    ) US author who has been primarily associated with Star Trek, writing one solo tie for Star Trek itself, Dreams of the Raven (1987), and three for Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Children of Hamelin (1988), with Michael Jan Friedman, Peter David and Robert Greenberger, ...

Swift, E J

(?   -    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Complex" in Interzone for January 2012. The Osiris Project sequence, comprising Osiris (2012), Cataveiro (2013) and Tamaruq (2015), is set initially in a Near Future Keep in the Bering Sea (see Under the Sea), where ...

Rowson, Martin

(1959-    ) UK political cartoonist and latterly author, noted for the scatological savagery of his Satirical portraits of modern British politicians, causing his work to have frequently been likened to the work of eighteenth-century satirists like James Gillray (?1756-1815) and Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), and in the twentieth century to that of Ralph Steadman (1936-    ). His weekly Independent on Sunday newspaper ...

Flipside of Dominick Hide, The

Made-for-tv film (1980). BBC TV. Directed by Alan Gibson. Teleplay Gibson, Jeremy Paul. Cast includes Peter Firth, Pippa Guard, Caroline Langrishe and Patrick Magee. 95 minutes. Colour. / This was an unexpected success, winning several awards. Hide (Firth) travels back in a flying saucer (see UFOs) from the somewhat austere 2130 CE to contemporary London to do historical research. A Candide-figure, he is confused but cheerful about what he finds, falls in ...

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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