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Levinson, David Samuel

(1969-    ) US author whose thematically extremist but nonfantastic shorter work was first published as Most Of Us Are Here Against Our Will (coll 2004); he is of sf interest for his second novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well (2017), which is set in a mildly Satirized Near Future Los Angeles (see California), in an increasingly oppressive America where anti-Semitism has significantly increased, due to the incursion of four million refugees after the destruction of Israel. The ...

Russell, Gary

(1963-    ) UK author who has concentrated almost exclusively on Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with The New Adventures: Legacy (1994) in the Doctor Who: New Adventures sequence, his most recent title being Doctor Who: Beautiful Chaos (2009); The Torchwood Archives (2008) is a tie to the Television spinoff series, Torchwood (2006-   ), set in a Steampunk version of Victorian England. Some of his nonfiction, including three books on the film ...

Boardman, Tom

Working name of UK publisher and editor Thomas Volney Boardman Jr (1930-2017), who went to work for the family publishing company, T V Boardman, in 1949, and stayed on as managing director when the company changed ownership in 1954. This company published primarily mysteries, but also some sf. Tom Boardman was sf adviser, successively, to Gollancz, Four Square Books, Macdonald and New English Library. He was business manager of the short-lived critical magazine SF Horizons. He edited the five ...

Hossain, Saad Z

(?   -    ) Bangladeshi author whose first novel, Baghdad Immortals (2013; vt Escape from Baghdad! 2015), treats the world of Iraq after the fall of Saddam Hussein as a surreal nightmare (see Imperialism; Satire; War); the tale traces the appalled and appalling "antics" of its two protagonists as they attempt to smuggle a torturer out of the land he has helped destroy. It is possible to detect Time Distortions as the hegira continues into darkness. Djinn City ...

Black Mirror

UK tv series (2011-2019). Zeppotron, Channel 4 (first two series plus Christmas special); Netflix (third and subsequent series). Created and mostly written by Charlie Brooker (1971-    ). Additional writers include Jesse Armstrong and Kanak "Konnie" Asha Huq. Directed by Otto Bathurst, Oona Chaplin, Tom Cullen, Owen Harris, Bryn Higgins, Euros Lyn, Carl Tibbetts and Brian Welsh. Cast includes Hayley Atwell, Jessica Brown-Finlay, Leonora Crichlow, Lindsay Duncan, Jason ...

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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