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Slater, Henry J

(1879-1963) UK author whose work showed the influence of H G Wells in both Ship of Destiny (1951), where Post-Holocaust survivors sail across a drowned Europe, and The Smashed World (1952), set 3000 years hence in a World State which is destroyed by a reborn Napoleon. Some of Slater's effects oddly prefigure the afterlife fantasies of Philip José Farmer. ...

Bravest Warriors

US animated online/tv series (2009; 2012-current). Nicktoons (pilot); Cartoon Hangover via YouTube (season 1 and 2); Cartoon Hangover Select/VRV (from season 3). Created by Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time). Executive producers include Breehn Burns, Will McRobb, Fred Seibert and Chris Viscardi. Directors include Breehn Burns, Tom King and Adrian Thatcher. Writers include Breehn Burns. Voice cast includes Graeme Jokic, Ian Jones-Quartey, ...

Wank, Elihu S

Pseudonym of UK author A Gordon Jones (?   -?   ) whose How I Discovered the North Pole [for full title see Checklist below] (1909) is a Parody of Polar expedition narratives, including the use of a prehistoric mammoth (see Lost World; Prehistoric SF) in the role of elephant, and the capture of giant whelks. ...

Coombs, Charles I

(1914-1994) US author, usually known as Chick Coombs, who in 1941 modelled John Carter of Mars for John Coleman Burroughs's Sunday-newspaper comics strip of that name (see Edgar Rice Burroughs). Coombs's written output was almost exclusively of nonfiction books for Young Adult readers, a high proportion of them about flying. Of sf interest are at least two tales, ...

Appleby, Ken

Working name of UK author Kenneth Philip Appleby (1953-    ), whose first sf novel, The Voice of Cepheus (1989), presents a clear-voiced, optimistic vision of the consequences of First Contact with an Alien species whose signals have been detected by the young female protagonist and her astronomer boss. [JC]

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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