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Pereira, W D

(1921-2014) UK aviation engineer, advertising executive and author whose first books, beginning with Time of Departure (1956), concentrated on flying. He began writing sf with Aftermath 15 (1973), which depicts a Dystopian Post-Holocaust America whose inhabitants are rigidly stratified according to how much radiation they have absorbed. The projected sequels, «Aftermath 16» and «Aftermath 17», have never appeared. Pereira's other novels, all written for Robert Hale ...

Monty Python's Flying Circus

UK tv series (1969-1974). A BBC production. Produced by Ian MacNaughton. Created, starring and written by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. Other regular actors included Connie Booth, Carol Cleveland, Neil Innes (final series) and Ian MacNaughton. Four series comprising 45 episodes of 25-30 minutes. Colour. / The anarchic/surreal Humour of this Television comedy-sketch series was hugely influential; its innumerable spinoffs include books, ...

Blob, The

1. Film (1958). Tonylyn/Paramount. Directed Irvin S Yeaworth Jr. Written by Kay Linaker, Irving H Milgate, Theodore Simonson. Cast includes Aneta Corseaut, Steve McQueen and Earl Rowe. 86 minutes. Colour. / An Alien Blob which grows by absorbing flesh reaches Earth in a hollow meteorite – whose impact is witnessed by the young hero Steve Andrews (McQueen) and his girlfriend Jane Martin (Corseaut) – and duly begins to consume the inhabitants of a small US town. No one believes ...

Heartfield, Kate

(?   -    ) Canadian journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "A Pair of Ragged Claws" in Black Treacle for March/April 2013. Her first novel, Armed in Her Fashion (2018) is a fantasy set in fourteenth-century northern Europe involving revenants and Shapeshifters and strong women; an earlier novella, The Course of True Love (2016 ebook), is set in a fantasy world based primarily on William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream ...

Curtis, Richard A

(1937-    ) US editor, literary agent and author, known mainly in the first capacity for his anthology Future Tense (anth 1968), which is not to be confused with Kendell Foster Crossen's Future Tense (anth 1952). He has also published short work, beginning with "Introduction to 'The Saint'" for Cavalier in 1968, as well as Squirm: Novelization (1976), an sf film novelization (see Blue Sunshine). From 1980 to 1992 he wrote the Agent's Corner column in Locus, which has been ...

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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