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US tv series (2015-2018). Anarchos Publications/Georgeville Television/Javelin Publications. Created, part directed and part written by J Michael Straczynski, Andy (now Lilly) Wachowski and Larry (now Lana) Wachowski. Other directors include Dan Glass, James McTeigue, Tom Tykwer. Continuing cast (all 12 episodes) includes Freema Agyeman, Amil Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max ...

Darbyshire, Peter

(1967-    ) Canadian journalist and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Roadkill Man" for On Spec in March 1995. Most of his work under his own name – including three novels, Please (2003), The Warhol Gang (2010) and I'd Never Been Shot for Real Before (2014 ebook) – presents hallucinated but essentially nonfantastic visions of urban life, though the descriptions of ...

Stradling, Matthew

Pseudonym of Irish author Martin Francis Mahony (1831-1882), whose "Cheap John's" Auction: A Narrative in Three Parts (1871 chap) recasts the Battle of Dorking scenario, in allegorical form; the resulting tale treats defeated Britain without much sympathy. [JC]

Atkins, John

(1916-2009) UK teacher and author, who also published under his full name, John Alfred Atkins; he worked for Mass Observation before World War Two. He was literary editor of Tribune before George Orwell, and from March 1944 to 1947 edited The New Saxon Pamphlets #1-#3 (the first containing his short "The Apopleptic Revolution", in which all who permit themselves intemperate fury, from radio announcers to prime ministers, die with a click and an ...

Moore, Ward

(1903-1978) US author, married to Raylyn Moore from 1965 until his death; initially as well known for his works outside the sf field as for those within. Breathe the Air Again (1942) is a picaresque Satire, told from a leftwing workingman's viewpoint rarely expressed in America; and Cloud by Day (1957) comes close to Prediction in its depiction of a savage wildfire that ...

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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