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Honig, Michael

(?   -    ) UK doctor and author whose first novel, Goldblatt's Descent (2013), is a nonfantastic satire on the medical profession. Honig is of sf interest for The Senility of Vladimir P (2016), which though set in the Near Future clearly focuses its Satire on Vladimir Putin's regime in Russia. The tale takes place in a dacha (see Keep) where the aged P prates on about his years of tyrannical rule, conveying a sharp sense of the grotesqueness of power (see ...

George, Peter

(1924-1966) UK author and ex-RAF officer whose life and career seem to have been dominated by the topic of nuclear World War Three and its consequences. His best-known sf novel, Two Hours to Doom (1958; vt Red Alert 1958) as by Peter Bryant, was a straightforward story in which a war, inaugurated unilaterally by a general applying the principle of pre-emptive defence (an argument which George presents as demonstrating the general's dementia), almost leads to worldwide Holocaust; when the last ...

Shea, Cornelius

(1863-1920) US author for the silent screen and author of dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF), prolific in many categories but best remembered for marvel stories using a fairly consistent "mythology" of dwarfs, subterranean eruptions, and stage illusion masquerading as supernatural magic. His first tale of sf interest seems to be The Air Voyagers; Or, a Trip to the Moon in a Balloon: A Tale of Wonderful Adventure (1880 chap), which may have been self-published. His other work of sf interest was ...

McKay, Herbert

(?   -?   ) UK author of A Camouflage Revolution (1929), in which the threat of a clandestine communist takeover of Great Britain is set in the Near Future. [JC]

Forbidden World

Film (1982; vt Mutant). New World. Directed by Allan Holzman. Written by Tim Curnen. Cast includes June Chadwick, Linden Chiles, Dawn Dunlap, Fox Harris, Raymond Oliver and Jesse Vint. 86 minutes. Colour. / This cheap imitation of Alien (1979), from Roger Corman's New World exploitation factory, is distinguished by its gleefully sleazy nature and amusing cynicism. An outer-space troubleshooter (Vint) is awakened from cryo-sleep (see Cryonics), casually informed that he is now younger than ...

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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