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Grossman, Dave

(1956-    ) German-born US author, a former lieutenant colonel in the US Army and student of the psychology of killing [see Checklist below]. He began to publish sf with The War with Earth (2003) and Kren of the Mitchegai (2004), both in collaboration with Leo Frankowski (whom see for description); these are the second and third books in the A Boy and His Tank/New Kashubia Military SF sequence whose first was by Frankowski solo. A second collaborative series is the Science ...

Jay, Peter

(1937-    ) UK author, economist and former diplomat who served as the UK Ambassador to the USA 1977-1979. His Future History Apocalypse 2000: Economic Breakdown and the Suicide of Democracy (1987) with Michael Stewart, was inefficient as fiction but acute about the pleasures and miseries of late capitalism, which is portrayed as being consumed by debt; the Predictions of Far Eastern financial ruin and international irrelevance were, on the other hand, imperceptive. [JC]

City Limits

Film (1984). Sho Films/Videoform/Island Alive. Directed by Aaron Lipstadt. Written by Don Opper, from a story by Lipstadt and James Reigle. Cast includes Kim Cattrall, Rae Dawn Chong, Darrell Larson and John Stockwell. 85 minutes. Colour. / Disappointing exploitation movie from the writer and director of the first-rate Android (1982). Fifteen years after the USA has been almost wiped out by a Pandemic, two biker gangs in the sort of trendy Post-Holocaust fashions associated with the Mad Max ...

Korg: 70,000 BC

Juvenile tv series (1974). Hanna-Barbera Productions for ABC-TV. Created by Fred Freiberger. Produced by Freiberger and Richard L O'Connell. Directors include Irving J Moore, Christian Nyby. Writers included Freiberger and Ian Martin. Cast includes Eileen Dietz, Bob Ewing, Jim Malinda, Christopher Mann, Naomi Pollack and Jenny Pransky. Narrator: Burgess Meredith. Sixteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / This little-remembered Prehistoric SF series aired on Saturday mornings as a slightly more ...

Burrage, A Harcourt

(1899-1951) UK author, one of several writers in the Burrage family: his father was Edwin Harcourt Burrage (1839-1916), the brother of Alfred Sherrington Burrage (1843-1906), whose son was Alfred McLelland Burrage (1889-1956) [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], best known of the clan. Though less prolific than his relatives, Burrage wrote several volumes of children's fiction, those of sf interest including The Secret Voyage: A Sea-Adventure Story for Boys (1937), in which an ...

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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