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Marker, Chris

(1921-2012) Professional pseudonym of French filmmaker Christian Bouche-Villeneuve, a major figure in the Cinema of the Nouvelle Vague and beyond. Essentially a documentarist, but of a radically exploratory kind, he is primarily celebrated outside France for three interreferenced works, sometimes regarded as a thematic trilogy: the short sf film La Jetée, (made in 1962 and shown widely at ...

Woodman, George

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Heretic (written circa 1938; 1963), a Dystopia where scientific progress has crippled the emotional life of the inhabitants of the new regime. [JC]

Welcome, S Byron

(1861-1948) US engineer, inventor and author of From Earth's Center: A Polar Gateway Message (1894), a Lost World tale whose protagonists descend into a Symmes-style Hollow Earth, where they discover an English-speaking country called Centralia, a Utopia where laissez-faire capitalism is luckily controlled by some mixed socialistic joint ownership ...

Bleiler, Richard

(1959-    ) US professional librarian and bibliographer, son of E F Bleiler, with whom he has collaborated on several works; his two solo works – The Index to Adventure Magazine (1990 2vols) and The Annotated Index to The Thrill Book: Complete Indexes to and Descriptions of Everything Published in Street and Smith's The Thrill Book (1991) – are invaluable explorations into rich sources of pulp ...

Exile

Videogame (1988). Superior Software. Designed by Peter Irvin, Jeremy Smith. Platforms: BBCMicro (1988); Electron (1989); Amiga, AtariST, C64 (1991); CD32 (1995). / Exile is an example of a Videogame form which was popular in the UK during the 1980s, but rare elsewhere and hardly seen since, that of the "arcade adventure". In works of this type, solving physical puzzles is combined with the ...

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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