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Snyder, John

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf Satire, The Wind Trust: A Possible Prophecy (1903 chap), set in a grimly spoofed Near Future where a nefarious cartel, the Instamboul Corporation for the Control of the Wind, attempts to gain monopoly control over the elements – first taking ownership of the wind, then charging a royalty for breathing. As the cartel or trust begins to threaten the world order, the assault on capitalism as a whole intensifies, and roman a ...

Four-Sided Triangle

Film (1952). Hammer. Directed by Terence Fisher. Written by Paul Tabori, Fisher, based on The Four-Sided Triangle (November 1939 Amazing as "The 4-Sided Triangle"; exp 1949) by William F Temple. Cast includes Stephen Murray, Barbara Payton and John Van Eyssen. 81 minutes, cut to 71 minutes. Black and white. / A scientist builds a Matter-Duplication machine capable of duplicating human beings. He duplicates the woman he loves but who is in love with another man, only to have the duplicate, ...

Spencer, Colin

(1933-    ) UK painter and author, active in the latter capacity from 1955, his short stories and novels almost never edging into the fantastic. Of sf interest is Asylum (1966), a Satire set in very Near Future Britain seen in Absurdist SF terms as exactly an asylum, one in which – in a manner similar to the Theatre of the Absurd – extravagant behaviours are staged, and theatricals ritually enacted, including a tri-annual Wild Hunt [see The Encyclopedia of ...

Buchard, Robert

(1931-    ) Swiss-born soldier, journalist and author long resident in France, whose sf novel, Trente Secondes sur New York (1969; trans June P Wilson and Walter B Michaels as Thirty Seconds Over New York 1970), depicts the Near Future nuclear bombing of New York by a Chinese plane that replaces a destroyed civilian airliner in midflight. The pilot is happy to sacrifice his own life in order to accomplish the mission; the 1977 paperback printing shows a civilian plane ...

Lerangis, Peter

(1955-    ) US actor and author, who also writes as by A L Singer. His earliest books were Ties for the Hardy Boys Juvenile Series; much of his work since has been similarly directed to the Young Adult market, including his sf and fantasy, typical of which are his three titles for the Byron Preiss Time Machine Shared World sequence – The Amazing Ben Franklin (1987 chap), The Last of the Dinosaurs (1988) and Time Machine, Special Edition: World War II Code Breaker ...

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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