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Escott, T H S

(1844-1924) UK editor, of The Fortnightly Review 1882-1886, journalist and author, active from 1865; he published several volumes of nonfiction about the Victorian era and its major figures. Of sf interest is A Trip to Paradoxia and Other Humours of the Hour: Being Contemporary Pictures of Social Fact and Political Fiction (coll 1899), the title story of which describes a Fantastic Voyage to a Wonderland [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and other mild Satires set in the Near ...

Rigg, Robert B

(1913-1986) US soldier and author of several nonfiction texts on military topics. His sf novel War – 1974 (1958) puts into the didactic fictional form of a Future-War narrative about World War Three his speculations about developments in Weapons and tactics. After an initial exchange of nuclear ICBMs, and an attempted Soviet Invasion of America, East and West settle down to conventional conflict dominated by much implausible non-nuclear gimmickry. [JC]

Cloning of Joanna May, The

UK tv miniseries (1991). Granada/ITV. Produced by Gub Neal. Directed by Philip Saville. Written by Ted Whitehead from The Cloning of Joanna May (1989) by Fay Weldon. Cast includes Helen Adie, Brian Cox, Laura Eddy, Emma Hardy, Patricia Hodge, Siri Neal (Bethany) and Billie Whitelaw (Mavis). 180 minutes. Colour. / Obsessive business tycoon Carl May (Cox) effectively Clones his wife Joanna (Hodge), then repudiates her when she is unfaithful – with the aim, as she discovers ten years ...

Nau, John-Antoine

Pseudonym of US-born poet and author Eugène Léon Édouard Torquet (1860-1918), in France from 1866, his life from this point until his death being unusually peripatetic. His only published novel, La Force Ennemie (1903; trans Michael Shreve as Enemy Force 2010), which won the first Prix Goncourt in 1903, is of sf interest. Embedding its central premise in a jungle-jim of imagery from the surreal edge of Fantastika, the tale depicts the ordeals of its protagonist who, locked ...

Greenhough, Terry

Working name of UK author Terence Greenhough (1944-2002) for most of his fiction, though he used the pseudonym Andrew Lester for the routine novel The Thrice-Born (1976), about persecuted hermaphrodites on a distant planet. Greenhough began publishing sf with "The Tree in the Forest" for Science Fiction Monthly in 1974. After Friend of Pharaoh (1975), an historical romance, his first sf novel, Time and Timothy Grenville (1975), typically of this writer somewhat discursively exploits an uneasy, ...

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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