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Ruddick, Nicholas

(1952-    ) UK bibliographer, editor and author, in Canada from 1974. He has perhaps been most influential for his two linked examinations of UK sf, British Science Fiction: A Chronology, 1478-1990 (1992) and Ultimate Island: On the Nature of British Science Fiction (1993). Though its title ascriptions lack full bibliographical detail, the first volume provides an extremely useful chronological run-through of the British scene, each separately presented year broken into ...

Keshishian, John M

(1923-2021) Greek-born surgeon, academic, archaeologist and author, in US from 1931, whose Near Future sf novel, with Jacob Hay (whom see for details), is Autopsy for a Cosmonaut (1969; vt Death of a Cosmonaut 1970). The Mayan Shard Caper (2006) focuses on the speculative assumption that there may have been a second Mayan race, perhaps distinct in some ways from Homo sapiens. [JC]

Crowcroft, Peter

(1925-1982) UK actor and author in the US from 1963 – reportedly very prolific under a number of unrevealed pseudonyms – whose The Fallen Sky (1954) describes a Post-Holocaust London in which a sociologist lives a Last Man existence under barbarous conditions, attempting to cure himself of violence and finding – through his discovery of a tribe of blind children, one of them a compassionate young woman named Eve (see Adam and Eve) – reason to begin to think about ...

UFO Incident, The

Made-for-tv film (1975). Universal/NBC. Directed by Richard A Colla. Written by S Lee Pogostin, Hesper Anderson, based on The Interrupted Journey (1966) by John G Fuller. Cast includes Beeson Carroll, Bernard Hughes, James Earl Jones, Dick O'Neill and Estelle Parsons. 100 minutes. Colour. / James Earl Jones (the voice behind Darth Vader in Star Wars) tried for years to secure the finance to make a film about this supposed UFO incident (see UFOs), which took place in 1961. A couple, Betty ...

Gevers, Nick

(1965-    ) UK-born sf editor and critic, in South Africa from 1970, who has written for various journals including Interzone, Locus – where he had regular review columns 2001-2008 – The New York Review of Science Fiction and SF Site. He has been an editor for the Yorkshire-based Small Press PS Publishing since 2002 and edits its regular magazine/Anthology Postscripts [which see for magazine details] – as coeditor with Peter Crowther to #30/31 and solo ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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