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Lynch, Bohun

(1884-1928) UK author and caricaturist in whose one novel of sf interest is Menace from the Moon (1925), a Scientific Romance which rather casually blends Alien Invasion and Lost-World tropes, as descendants of a Moon colony, established by the seventeenth-century European Inventors of Space Flight, mount a remote-control attack on Earth with heat-Rays. They do so because their messages have been ignored, as twentieth-century technology is not yet up to receiving them. The tale contains ...

Blade Runner

Film (1982). Blade Runner Partnership-Ladd Co.-Sir Run Run Shaw/Warner. Directed by Ridley Scott. Written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Rutger Hauer, William Sanderson and Sean Young. 113-117 minutes, depending on version. Colour. / In a future Los Angeles (see California), Rick Deckard (Ford), whose job it is to destroy renegade "replicants" (Androids), has to hunt down ...

Hadley, Arthur T

(1924-2015) US journalist and author, not to be confused with his grandfather, the nonfiction writer and academic Arthur Twining Hadley (1856-1930); in his sf Satire, The Joy Wagon (1958), a Robot with a Computer brain known as Minivac runs for President in a sharply comic send-up of the US electoral system, and almost wins. [JC] see also: Politics. /

Bennett, Arnold

(1867-1931) UK journalist and author whose more ambitious work – in particular the Five Towns novels, the best known of these being The Old Wives' Tale (1908) – made no use of the fantastic. In the 1890s some fantastical tales, and several book reviews, were published as by Sarah Volatile; the fiction was assembled with other work, as Arnold Bennett's Uncollected Short Stories 1892-1932 (coll 2010) edited by John Shapcott. Bennett was a friend and associate of H G Wells, and was ...

Podrug, Junius

(1947-    ) US lawyer and author known for "collaborating" with the dead Harold Robbins (1916-1997) on several posthumous novels. After Gary Jennings, author of Aztec (1980) and its sequels, died in 1999, his editor, Robert Gleason and Podrug continued the Aztec sequence with Aztec Blood (2001); two of the later volumes – Gary Jennings' Apocalypse 2012 (2009) and Garry Jennings' The 2012 Codex (2010), both credited to Gleason and Podrug alone – are set in the ...

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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