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Metcalfe, Hope Cranstoun

(1866-1939) Malaysian-born translator and author, in UK from childhood, who translated three Jules Verne titles, one translation being published in two volumes [see Checklist below]. [JC]

Howard, Hayden

(1925-2014) US author who began publishing sf with "It" for Planet Stories in January 1952, followed by eighteen further magazine stories with the last appearing in 1971. His one sf novel, The Eskimo Invasion (stories April 1965-April 1967 Galaxy; fixup 1967), set rather unusually in Canada, comprises a speculative view of Overpopulation problems conveyed through an episodic tale based on seven stories published in Galaxy, beginning with "Death and Birth of the Angakok" (April 1965 Galaxy) and ...

Moers, Walter

(1957-    ) German comics writer/illustrator and author, most of whose early work was in Comics, of greatest sf interest being the Adolf, die Nazisau ["Adolf, the Nazi Pig"] sequence, comprising Adolf (graph 1998) and Adolf, Teil 2 ["Adolf, Part 2"] (graph 1999), a Satirical Alternate History tale in which Hitler and Hermann Goering, who have both survived World War Two, are hired by the American CIA to assassinate various figures, including President Kennedy and Martin ...


US Online Magazine that paid Semiprozine rates. Its run falls into two series. The first, December 2000 to December 2001 was as a cumulative Webzine, publishing sf, fantasy, horror and Slipstream, founded by John Oz and taken over from June 2001 by Chris Clarke together with a team that included Amber van Dyk, Cathy Freeze and Mikal Trimm. In this original form three or four stories were uploaded each month, starting in January 2001 with "Body World" by S C Virtes, "Simple Touch" by Justin ...


Film (1985). World Film Services/Columbia. Directed by Simon Wincer. Written by David Ambrose, Allan Scott, Jeffrey Ellis. Cast includes Mary Beth Hurt, Michael McKean, Barret Oliver, Josef Sommer and Kathryn Walker. 100 minutes. Colour. / D.A.R.Y.L. is a Data Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform but, when "he" (Oliver) wakes up Amnesiac in the woods, he thinks he is just a small boy, Daryl. Adopted by a pleasant family, he learns not to show his super-Intelligence and coordination too obviously ...

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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