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Wallace, Edgar

(1875-1932) UK playwright, editor and author, father of Bryan Edgar Wallace; he is best known for his many thrillers, though he was also variously active as an sf writer from the beginning of his active career: the Just Men thriller sequence features occasional sf or Technothriller elements, such as a vast revolutionary movement's use of an Airship to bomb ...

Zotz!

Film (1962). Columbia. Directed by William Castle. Written by Ray Russell, based on Zotz! (1947) by Walter Karig. Cast includes Tom Poston. 87 minutes. Black and white. / A poorly regarded comedy adaptation of Karig's offbeat novel. The original gift of the Psi-Power ability to kill via word and gesture here becomes an external McGuffin, the ...

Rivas, Manuel Antonio de

(circa 1707-?   ) Mexican Franciscan friar and author of one Proto SF short story. In his time, his surname could also be written Ribas. The only biographical information Rivas appears in depositions opened against him by the Inquisition of New Spain (see Mexico) between 1773 and 1778. It seems probable that he was born in New Spain at the beginning of the eighteenth century, because in a 1777 letter he declared ...

Frankowski, Leo A

(1943-2008) US author known principally for his Alternate-History series, the Adventures of Conrad Stargard: The Cross-Time Engineer (1986), The High-Tech Knight (1989) and The Radiant Warrior (1989), all three assembled as Conrad Stargard: The Radiant Warrior (omni 2004); plus The Flying Warlord (1989), Lord Conrad's Lady (1990) and Conrad's Quest for Rubber ...

Block, Bob

(1921-2011) UK scriptwriter, mostly for BBC radio and television, from as early as 1954 with scripts for Life with the Lyons in both mediums; he created and scripted one series, Robert's Robots (1973); and has novelized some of his other scripts of genre interest, including more than one for Rentaghost (1976), as well as Galloping Galaxies! (1987), which adapts scripts from Galloping Galaxies! (1985), a spoof space series derivative ...

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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