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Davis, Jake

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -    ) – presumably US – of The Last Rangers sequence of sf Westerns, beginning with The Last Rangers (1992), and set in a post-Disaster environment soothingly reminiscent of the imagined nineteenth-century West, in which the Cybernetically enhanced Alamo Smith faces down grotesque foes. The series is copyright by its publisher, and may have had three authors, if they rode alone; or more. [JC]

Karpyshyn, Drew

(1971-    ) Canadian Games designer, including work for Wizards of the Coast, and scenario and dialogue for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, a Role Playing Game set very early in the Star Wars universe, later writing two connected Ties: Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction: A Novel of the Old Republic (2006) and Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule of Two: A Novel of the Old Republic (2007). His Ties for Forgotten Realms are fantasy. / Of sf interest are two novels ...

Woods, Margaret L

(1856-1945) UK poet and author, of some sf interest for The Invader (1907) a tale involving enforced Identity Transfer; the invading personality eventually destroys the tame protagonist through marriage-destroying wild behaviour. Come Unto These Yellow Sands (1915) is Fantasy. [JC]

Deadly Harvest

Film (1977). Burg-Ambassador, Joebeck Production. Directed by Timothy Bond. Written by Martin Lager. Cast includes David Brown, Kim Cattrall, Gary Davies, Nehemiah Persoff and Clint Walker. 87 minutes. Colour. / Deadly Harvest is set in an over-industrialized Near Future America where Climate Change in the form of global cooling has shrunk available farmland. Predictably this leads to chaos, with roving bands out to steal whatever food supplies they can; several such raids are led by Mort ...

Romanek, Mark

(1959-    ) US filmmaker whose writing and directing debut Static (1985), about a smalltown teenager who invents (see Invention) a television which purports to see heaven, was a cult hit in the UK; he was taken up by musician Robyn Hitchcock (son of Raymond Hitchcock), his videos for whom led to an acclaimed body of work in that medium after his career in features stalled. He returned to cinema with the crime drama One Hour Photo (2002), and to sf with Never Let Me Go ...

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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