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Changes, The

UK tv series (1975). BBC TV. Produced by Anna Home. Directed by John Prowse. Cast includes Rafiq Anwar, Keith Ashton, Reggae Ranjhe, Jack Watson, Victoria Williams and Marc Zuber. Teleplay by Peter Dickinson, from his Changes novels, and Anna Home. One season of ten 15-minute episodes. Colour. / Nicky Gore (Williams) is an ordinary English teenager in an ordinary English household, doing her homework. Suddenly her family begins to destroy all the electrical appliances in the house. Nicky ...

Jenks, William

(1778-1866) US clergyman and author whose Future History, Memoir of the Northern Kingdom, Written, A D 1872 [for full title see Checklist below] (dated 1901 but 1808), describes the world as of the date of its claimed composition. Politics dominates the account. America has been split into three parts: the Southern States, now a monarchy under the influence of France; the Northern States, at peace with Canada due to the marriage of the King of Canada to the daughter of the American president; ...

Clough, Fred M

(?   -?   ) US author of The Golden Age; or, The Depth of Time (1923), a Sleeper Awakes tale set mostly a millennium hence, when a communitarian Utopia has been established, and has spread to Mars and throughout the solar system. Vegetarianism is universal. Blasting the Rock of Ages (1925) puts similar arguments in nonfiction terms. [JC]

Heine, William C

(1919-1991) Canadian journalist, editor-in-chief 1967-1984 of The London Free Press (London, Ontario), and author in whose Near-Future novel The Last Canadian (1974; vt Death Wind 1976; vt The Last American 1986) the survivor of a devastating Pandemic flees northwards into ice and snow; it was later filmed, under yet another title, as The Patriot (1998). [JC]

Chase, Robert R

(1948-    ) US author initially associated with Analog for stories like his first, "Seven Scenes from the Ultimate Monster Movie" in 1984; he has remained active with this magazine, producing stories in more than one sequence, none collected into book form. Chase began to publish novels with the Game of Fox and Lion sequence of sf adventures set in a feudalized interplanetary venue, featuring a protagonist with genetically enhanced powers (see Genetic Engineering): The Game ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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