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Gipe, George

(1933-1986) US tv and film scriptwriter and author known within the sf field for several competent film Ties: Resurrection (1980), Gremlins (1984) (see Joe Dante), Explorers (1985) (see Explorers) and Back to the Future (1985) (see Back to the Future). [JC]

Way ... Way Out

Film (1966). Coldwater. Directed by Gordon Douglas. Written by William Bowers and László Vadnay. Cast includes Anita Ekberg, Brian Keith, Jerry Lewis, Robert Morley, Howard Morris, Dick Shawn, Connie Stevens and Dennis Weaver. 101 minutes. Colour. / In the future, both the Americans and the Russians maintain two-man meteorological stations on the Moon. Since their current astronauts (Weaver, Morris) are constantly in conflict, the Americans decide to send a married couple to ...

Porges, Arthur

(1915-2006) US author and teacher of mathematics, brother of Irwin Porges; he began publishing sf with "Modeled in Clay" for Man to Man (August/September 1950), and subsequently published about 220 stories – a few as Peter Arthur, Abel Jacobi, Derek Page and Pat Rogers – without releasing any of them in book collections. Over half that output is mystery fiction and the balance fairly evenly divided between fantasy and sf. He was a strong and inventive writer, especially of fantasy; ...

Wratislaw, A C

(1862-1938) UK member of the British diplomatic corps and author in whose comic sf tale, King Charles & Mr Perkins (1931), a Time Machine transports Perkins to Restoration England and retrieves him just before he would have been executed. [JC]

Wodhams, Jack

(1931-2017) UK-born author, in Australia from 1955, who began publishing sf with "There is a Crooked Man" for Analog in February 1967, and who after that contributed actively (though less prolifically since the 1970s) to magazine markets, both in Australia and in America, specializing in clear-cut tales about problem-solving; he primarily focused on short fiction, with over seventy stories published before 1999, when he stopped. His cold style is sometimes marred by facetiousness, in the ...

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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