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Mogridge, Stephen

(1915-1986) UK author of tales, usually in series, for children and Juvenile Series markets, who also wrote as by Jill Stevens, publishing in all over thirty titles in the 1950s and early 1960s. He is best known for the nonfantastic New Forest sequence; of sf interest is the Peter sequence, beginning with Peter and the Flying Saucers (1954) and ending with Peter's Denmark Adventure (1958). The sequence is undemanding, featuring young Peter in adventures involving Inventions and Aliens and ...

Courage the Cowardly Dog

US animated tv series (1999-2002). Stretch Films. Created and directed by John R Dilworth. Written by Irv Bauer, David Steven Cohen, John R Dilworth and William Hohauser. Voice cast includes Arthur Anderson, Marty Grabstein, Thea White and Lionel G Wilson. 52 23-minute episodes (each usually comprising two stories), plus the pilot and a special. Colour. / Courage (Grabstein) is an abandoned dog rescued by an old farming couple, the kindly Muriel Bagge (White) and her unpleasant husband ...

Tibbles, Thomas Henry

(1840-1928) US advocate of Native American rights and author who is of sf interest for a Utopia, The American Peasant: A Timely Allegory (1892) with Elia Wilkinson Peattie writing as Another [see her entry for details]. His connection with Peattie may have originated in their mutual condemnation of the massacre of Native Americans at Wounded Knee on 29 December 1890, to which he was a witness. [JC]

Stevens, Gordon

(1945-    ) UK journalist, Television producer and author of political thrillers; of sf interest is And All the King's Men (1990), a Hitler Wins tale in set in an Alternate History Britain invaded by Germany in 1939; a resistance movement begins, and is successful by the middle of 1942. [JC]

Box, The

Film (2009). Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Radar Pictures and Media Rights Capital presents a Darko Entertainment/Lin Pictures production. Written and directed by Richard Kelly. Based on "Button, Button" (June 1970 Playboy) by Richard Matheson. Cast includes Cameron Diaz, Frank Langella and James Marsden. 115 minutes. Colour. / The wife of a NASA scientist employed on the 1976 Viking Mars lander receives a box with a button; a disfigured stranger tells her that if one of them ...

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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