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Van Beverhoudt, O

(1871-?   ) US author in whose Melzar: A Tale of the Jericho Road (1913) a Lost Race is discovered in the deserts of northern Africa. [JC]

Gerrold, David

Pseudonym of US author and scriptwriter Jerrold David Friedman (1944-    ), who was raised in Southern California, gaining a BA in theatre arts there. His earliest commercial sales were Television scripts, the first of them a well-known Star Trek (1966-1969) episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles" (1967), the subject of one of his two books about the original series, The Trouble with Tribbles (1973), which includes the script plus a nonfiction narrative. The other, The World of ...

D'Ignazio, Fred

Working name of US children's author Silvio Frederick D'Ignazio (1949-    ), most of whose work is moderately distant from any sf or fantastic interest (except tales for younger children), with the exception of some titles in the Chip Mitchell Computer-whizz-kid sequence, Chip Mitchell: The Case of the Stolen Computer Brains (1982) and Chip Mitchell: The Case of the Robot Warriors (1984); Escape from Robotropolis (1988) is a Tied to a computer game. [JC]


Film (2012). FilmDistrict/TriStar Pictures. Directed by Rian Johnson, starting Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt. Written by Johnson. Colour. 118 minutes. / It is 2044 and Joe (Gordon-Levitt) is a looper, a paid killer who murders people sent back from the further future (thus eliminating any evidence of the crime). Obviously this Time Travel premise makes no sense but it exists to allow director Johnson to explore the possibility of second chances. Loopers are so called ...

Taylor, C Bryson

(1880-1936) US author, active from 1898; of some sf interest is her first novel, In the Dwellings of the Wilderness (1904), in which the Reincarnated spirit of a woman buried alive in Ancient Egypt becomes a She figure who may well be a Vampire. Nicanor Teller of Tales: A Story of Roman Britain (1906), comes close to the fantastic in recounting the life of Nicanor, a peasant in occupied Britain who becomes a seer-like teller of tales. [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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