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North, David

(?   -    ) US or Canadian author of whom nothing is known – whose Time Warriors sequence of Military SF adventures, beginning with Time Warriors #1: Fuse Point (1991), sends its protagonists, a Vietnam vet and his barbarian sidekick named Brom, via Time Travel into various conflicts and Parallel Worlds, where they act, with considerable brutality, as Time Police. [JC]

Mitchell, David

(1969-    ) UK author, in Japan 1994-2000, whose work exhibits a thrusting and muscular (but finely tempered) Equipoise among the genres of Fantastika. His first novel, Ghostwritten: A Novel in Nine Parts (1999), which it would be reductionist to describe as a collection of linked stories, is all the same presented as a set of stories, each of which inhabits a different genre, from chthonic reminiscences of a preternaturally ancient Chinese woman to the Technothriller, from ...

Ellis, Edward S

(1840-1916) US teacher, editor and author of boys' books, popular history, miscellaneous work and a very large number of US dime novels, mainly Westerns, under his own name and many pseudonyms. His enormous bibliography, though studied exhaustively by Denis Rogers (in various issues of Dime Novel Round-Up), remains unsettled. Ellis established the dime novel as a commercial field with Seth Jones (1860), and instigated Dime-Novel SF and the Edisonade through his instant adaptation of the ...

Kamikaze 1989

Film (1982; vt Kamikaze; vt Kamikaze '89). Regina Ziegler/Trio/Oase/ZDF. Directed by Wolf Gremm. Written by Robert Katz, Gremm, based on Mord pa 31 (1965; trans as Murder on the 31st Floor 1966) by Per Wahlöö. Cast includes Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Boy Gobert, Nicole Heesters, Günther Kaufmann and Franco Nero. 106 minutes. Colour. / In the Germany of 1989 people have no problems. They are entertained around the clock by a gigantic multimedia corporation, operating from a ...

Duggan, Ervin S

(1939-    ) US commentator, President from 1993 to 1999 of the American Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), and author of Against All Enemies (1977) with Ben J Wattenberg, a Future War novel told from a moderately conservative standpoint. [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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