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Collins, Colin

Pseudonym of UK author Oliver Merland (?   -?   ), author of a number of anonymous contributions to the Sexton Blake Library after World War One, and of work from the first decade of the twentieth century under other names, including Singleton Pound, some others almost certainly unidentified. As Colin Collins, he published three identified sf novels in book form: The Human Mole (1909), an adventure tale chock-full of Inventions, mainly the eponymous subterranean ...

Fontana, D C

(1939-2019) US author, primarily writing for Television; she was associated from the beginning with Star Trek, initially as Gene Roddenberry's secretary, eventually as the story editor of the first series for its first two seasons (after which she moved to freelance work elsewhere). At least two of her scripts, Star Trek: "This Side of Paradise" (1966 chap) and Star Trek: "Journey to Babel" (1967 chap), have received limited book release. Fontana also wrote scripts for Star Trek: The Next ...


British/German film (2011). Focus Features/Holleran Company/Sechzehnte Babelsberg Film/Neunte Babelsberg Film. Directed by Joe Wright. Written by David Farr and Seth Lochhead. Cast includes Eric Bana, Jessica Barden, Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan. 111 minutes. Colour. / Teenaged Hanna (Ronan) and Erik Heller (Bana), the man she believes to be her father, live alone in northern Finland, where he has been training her in survival and combat tactics since infancy. In their cabin, she reads ...

Kuhn, Lan

Pseudonym of Australian author Lana Sansom (1939-    ), who has also written as Lana Kuhn-Sansom; her sf novel, The Outer Space Connection (1978), is an abstractly told First Contact tale. [JC]

Dreadstone, Carl

A House Name used for a short-lived 1977 series of six Berkley Medallion paperbacks based on classic Universal Horror films. Known users of the Dreadstone pseudonym are Ramsey Campbell with three titles and Walter Harris with two. The latter's initial contribution – sometimes erroneously credited to Campbell – was a second novel Tie to The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) whose plot is much changed from that of the film and its contemporary novelization by John Russell Fearn ...

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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