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Morselli, Guido

(1912-1973) Italian author of at least eight works of fiction, all of which were rejected by Italian publishers during his life. Some are of sf interest. Roma senza Papa ["Rome Without the Pope"] (written 1966-1967; 1974) is a Satire on the Catholic Church, and upon its attempts to "modernize" itself, set in 1997. Contro-passato prossimo: un'ipotesi retrospettiva (written 1969-1970; 1975; trans Hugh Shankland as Past Conditional: A Retrospective Hypothesis 1989) is an Alternate History of the ...

Smullyan, Raymond

(1919-2017) US mathematician, philosopher and author, professor of philosophy at the City University of New York and Indiana University. His popular non-academic works include many collections of ingenious logical puzzles, often – as in Martin Gardner, Douglas Hofstadter and Ian Stewart – spiced with Fantastika. Thus the challenges in What Is the Name of This Book? The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical Puzzles (coll 1978) feature Vampires, Zombies and characters from Lewis ...

Boorman, John

(1933-    ) UK film director, famous for movies like Point Blank (1967) and Deliverance (1972), who novelized his own Zardoz (1974) as Zardoz (1974) with Bill Stair (1939-1991). As a director he has also ventured into fantasy with Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) and the Arthurian Excalibur (1981). The Tailor of Panama (2001), based on John Le Carré's novel The Tailor of Panama (1996), is arguably borderline sf – "political science fiction", as Le Carré ...

O'Sheel, Shaemas

(1886-1954) US journalist, poet and author born James Shields, who changed his name as a very young man to its Irish equivalent. He is of sf interest for It Never Could Happen; Or, the Second American Revolution (1932), a future history Future History presented as the 1982 memoir of a key conspirator in the revolution of 1932, which begins in the very Near Future of that year, as the historical "Bonus Expeditionary Force" (brutally put down in real life by President Hoover) regroups behind a ...

Suspiria

1. Film (1977). Produzioni Atlas Consorziate presents a Seda Spettacoli production. Directed by Dario Argento. Written by Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi, based on excerpts from Suspiria de Profundis ["Sighs from the Depths"] by Thomas De Quincey (Spring-Summer Blackwood's Magazine 1845; coll 1854; rev 1891). Cast includes Dario Argento, Eva Axén, Joan Bennett, Miguel Bosé, Flavio Bucci, Stefania Casini, Jessica Harper, Udo Kier, Barbara Magnolfi, Renato Scarpa, Lela Svasta and ...

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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