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Latimer, Alex

(?   -    ) South African illustrator and author, initially of self-illustrated tales for younger children beginning with the Boy Who Cried Ninja (graph 2011) [not listed below]; he has also written in collaboration with Diane Awerbuck as Frank Owen. He is initially of sf interest for The Space Race (2013), a Near Future tale focused on the troublesome acquiring by South Africa of a nuclear presence, and also the inadvertent launching of an outmoded Spaceship, ...

Cole, Myke

(?   -    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shouting Down the Moon" in The Book of Final Flesh (anth 2003) edited by James Lowder, which appeared more or less simultaneously with his first novel, Car Trouble (2003), a Tie to the Wildsidhe Chronicles Shared World fantasy sequence. He is of sf interest for the Equipoisal Shadow Ops series comprising Control Point (2012) – which won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award ...

Despicable Me

Animated film (2010). Universal Pictures/Illumination Entertainment. Directed by Chris Renaud and Pierre Coffin. Written by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, based on a story by Sergio Pablos. Cast includes Russell Brand, Steve Carell and Jason Segal. 91 minutes. Colour. / A suburban super-Villain has a simple dream: to steal the Moon. All that stands in his way is a younger, slicker super-villain and three adorable orphans. Will Gru (Carell) triumph over his callow colleague whilst learning the ...

Wonder, William

Pseudonym of US author Thomas Kirwan (1829-1911), whose Utopia, Reciprocity (Social and Economic) in the Thirtieth Century; The Coming Cooperative Age: A Forecast of the World's Future (1909), casts its twentieth-century protagonist, via an unexplained form of Time Travel, a millennium hence, where New York presides benignly over a mostly rural land, with good-humoured socialist precepts willingly accepted. These include a Eugenic control over reproduction, the death of Religion, and women ...

Arnyvelde, André

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author André Lévy (1881-1942), his nom de plume being an anagram; in active service during World War One, deported as a Jew to a concentration camp and murdered during World War Two. His works of interest as examples of early twentieth century Fantastika convey their visions of Utopia through an unusually intimate diction. Le Roi du Galande ["The King of Galande"] (1910) is a Fantastic Voyage whose protagonist, after leaving his ...

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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