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Grogan, Gerald

(1884-1918) Scottish author who served in World War One from as early as 1915; he was killed in 1918. His sf novel, A Drop in Infinity (1915), carries its unwilling protagonists Jack Thorpe and Marjorie Matthews via a Mad Scientist's Dimensional portal into an empty but congenial Parallel World. There is some discussion of a potential ...

Case, Josephine Young

(1907-1990) US educator, administrator and author of a remarkable book-length sf poem, At Midnight on the 31st of March (1938), set in a New England village suddenly barred by an unidentified Disaster from any egress into the surrounding country, and shifted through a Timeslip into an uninhabited America, where it must rely upon its own closely observed resources. What seemed, on its 1990 republication, to read as tocsin ...

Sapphire and Steel

UK tv series (1979-1982). An ATV Network Production. Written/created by P J Hammond (except "Adventure Five" by Don Houghton and Anthony Read); executive producer David Reid; produced by Shaun O'Riordan. Directed by O'Riordan and David Foster. Cast includes Joanna Lumley (Sapphire), David McCallum (Steel) and David Collings (Silver). Four seasons, 34 25-minute episodes in all; broken into "Adventure One" (six episodes 1979), "Adventure Two" (eight episodes 1979), "Adventure Three" (six ...

Kubrick, Stanley

(1928-1999) US film-maker, resident in the UK from 1961. Born in New York, the son of a doctor, he early became obsessed with photography; Look magazine hired him as soon as he left school. Motion pictures became his dominant interest, and he left Look after four years to make two short films with his own money and then two feature films, Fear and Desire (1953) and Killer's Kiss (1955), borrowing the production money from relatives. By then he had also ...

Wahlöö, Per

(1926-1975) Swedish author, best known for his ten-volume Martin Beck crime novel series, all written with his partner Maj Sjöwall (1935-2020). His Near-Future sf thrillers, all of which interrogate the form they use, include Mord på 31:a våningen (1964; trans Joan Tate as Murder on the 31st Floor 1966; vt The Thirty-First Floor 1967), in which intrusive detective work ...

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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