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Miller, Steve

(1950-2024) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Shalgiel" for Flux Magazine in 1976, one of his few solo works, as he soon began collaborating with Sharon Lee with "The Naming of Kinzel: The Foolish" (June 1984 Fantasy Book); all his novels have been with Lee, primarily the Liaden Universe sequence of Space Opera tales, set in expansive (though not adventurously ...

Carriger, Gail

Pseudonym of US archaeologist and author Tofa Borregaard (1976-    ), who published some early short fiction under her real name, beginning with "A Kind of Malice" in Space and Time for 1999. As Carriger, she has focused almost exclusively on the Parasol Protectorate sequence – the central volumes of which are Soulless (2009), Changeless (2010), Blameless (2010), Heartless ...

Race to Witch Mountain

Film (2009). Walt Disney Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company) presents in association with Gunn Films. Directed by Andy Fickman. Written by Mark Bomback and Matt Lopez, based on previous Disney adaptations of the novel Escape to Witch Mountain (1968) by Alexander Key. Cast includes Ike Eisenmann, Carla Gugino, Ciarán Hinds, Dwayne Johnson, Alexander Ludwig, Kim Richards, AnnaSophia Robb ...

Robinson, Logan

(1949-    ) US author of Evil Star = Beda (1986), a borderline Disaster novel in which Cold War conflicts ("beda" is "disaster" in Russian), and the imminent collision of a Comet with Earth, are treated in Technothriller fashion. [JC]

Invasion U.S.A.

Film (1952; vt Invasion USA). American Pictures/Columbia Pictures. Produced by Robert Smith and Albert Zugsmith. Directed by Alfred E Green. Written by Robert Smith from an original story by Smith and Franz Spencer. Cast includes Peggi Castle, Wade Crosby, Gerald Mohr and Dan O'Herlihy. 73 minutes. Black and white. / Newscaster Vince Potter (Mohr) and an assortment of mostly wealthy Americans including young socialite Carla Sanford (Castle) are in a ...

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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