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Skoggard, Bruno

(1921-1978) Swedish-born pilot, advertising executive and author, in USA from childhood, though his World War Two military service was with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Of sf interest is The Pentagon Tapes (1976), a Near Future thriller set in Washington. [JC]

Long, Huey

(1893-1935) US politician – Governor of Louisiana (1928-1932) and US Senator (1932-1935) – whose radical proposals for wealth distribution and other measures may have caused his assassination (though his death may have in fact been caused by his guards as they responded to a perceived threat); certainly his Utopian political philosophy, and an emphasis on strong leaders that seemed particularly threatening in the 1930s, shapes his Near Future fictional manifesto/dream/fiction, My ...

Back Brain Recluse

UK Semiprozine, from June 1984 to October 2002; edited by Chris Reed initially at Smallfield, Surrey, then (from issue #9) from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and from #16 from Sheffield, South Yorkshire; 24 issues, published at irregular intervals but usually twice a year, but after issue #21 (November 1992) there was only one issue each in 1994, 1997 and 2002. It began as a slim-but-ambitious A5 format xeroxed Fanzine but switched to A4 from Spring 1990 (#15), professionally printed, with bold ...

Inland Empire

Film (2006). A Studio Canal production in association with Camerimage and Asymmetrical Productions. Written and directed by David Lynch. Cast includes Laura Dern, Karolina Gruszka, Jeremy Irons, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Julia Ormond, Harry Dean Stanton, Justin Theroux and Grace Zabriskie. 180 minutes. Colour. / A Los Angeles-based actor (Dern) adopts the persona of her character in the remake of a cursed film to enter a kind of Time Gate contained within the amorphous and shifting Dimensions of ...

Pick, J B

(1921-2015) UK scholar, poet and author, for many years a specialist in the work of David Lindsay, editing several of his works; The Strange Genius of David Lindsay (anth 1970; vt The Haunted Man 1979) with Colin Wilson and E H Visiak conveys a strongly sympathetic view of the author. Pick's own fiction includes A Land Fit for 'Eros (1957) with John Atkins, a fantasy. [JC]

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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