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Lynch, Colonel Arthur

Form of his name sometimes used by Australian-born soldier, medical doctor, politician, civil engineer and author Arthur Alfred Lynch (1861-1934), in UK and US and Ireland variously; in the UK in 1903 he was sentenced to death by hanging for his involvement on the Boer side of the Second Boer War (where he was made Colonel), but was released about a year later. His written work is very various, with one novel, Seraph Wings (1923), being of sf interest for its positive depiction of the ...

Mitchells vs the Machines, The

US animated film (2021). Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Lord Miller Productions, One Cool Films. Directed by Mike Rianda. Written by Mike Rianda and Jeff Rowe. Voice cast includes Eric André, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Olivia Colman, Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Mike Rianda and Maya Rudolph. 113 minutes. Colour. / Having always felt an outsider in her Michigan hometown, Katie Mitchell (Jacobson) is delighted to learn she has been accepted by the California College of ...

Funaro, Sergio

(1922-1986) San Marino-born physician and author, in US from before World War Two; the overall remit of his Future History, How It All Ended: The Decline and Demise of the West as Reconstructed by Johann Sebastian Barberini in the Year of our Lord 4776 (1973), is indicated by its subtitle. [JC]

George, David R, III

(?   -    ) US author of several Ties set in the Star Trek universe, beginning with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The 34th Rule (1999) with Armin Shimerman. The Star Trek: Crucible sequence, beginning with Star Trek Crucible: McCoy: Provenance of Shadows (2006), focuses on traumatic crises faced in turn by officers of the original Enterprise. [JC]

Martin, Michael A

(?   -    ) US author, always in collaboration with Andy Mangels, of numerous Ties, most of them contributed to the Star Wars universe. The Roswell sequence, also with Mangels, is tied to the Television series. [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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