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Terminal Man, The

Film (1974). Warner Bros. Produced, directed and written by Mike Hodges. Based on The Terminal Man (1972) by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Joan Hackett and George Segal. 107 minutes, cut to 104 minutes. Colour. / Segal plays a man who suffers from violent blackouts as a result of brain damage suffered in a car accident. Doctors use him as an experimental guinea pig: into his brain they insert electrodes linked to a tiny Computer implanted in his shoulder, so that when a convulsion starts ...

Jones, Eddie

(1935-1999) Working name of British illustrator Edward John Jones, who also published artwork as S Fantoni (a pseudonym which he used for Star Trek book covers) and "Eddie". One of Britain's most prolific sf artists, Jones was also one of the few in the field to be self-taught. After building a minor reputation as a fan artist, Jones began working professionally in 1957 with some interior art for Nebula Science Fiction and New Worlds; a year later, he painted the first of three covers for ...

Galopin, Arnould

(1863-1934) French author whose nonfantastic novels were critically respected; several were set in World War One, and reflected his war service in the Merchant Marine. Most of his career, however, was focused on popular thrillers, often containing a fantastic element, as in the Doctor Omega sequence beginning with Le Docteur Omega [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1906; adapted Jean-Marc Lofficier and Randy Lofficier as Doctor Omega 2003), in which the eponymous, only seemingly scatterbrained ...


Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -    ) of The Blue Shirts (1926), a Near Future political thriller in which the eponymous para-legal cadre attempts to create a Socialist Republic of Great Britain. Several separate Fascist organizations, each known as The Blue Shirts, were founded in or around 1932 in China, Ireland, Portugal; members of the Parti national social chrétien in mid-1930s Canada were known as "Blue Shirts". The connection, if ...

Shaw, Brian

A House Name used by Curtis Warren on four novels by four different authors: Argentis (1952) by E C Tubb, Ships of Vero (1952) by David O'Brien, Z-Formations (1953) by John Russell Fearn (signing himself Bryan Shaw) and Lost World (1953) by Brian Holloway. All are adventure sf. [PN/JC/DRL]

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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