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Plater, Alan

(1935-2010) UK Television screenwriter and playwright, extremely prolific from the early 1960s until his death; he is of sf interest for his 1988 television version of Chris Mullin's Near Future A Very British Coup (1982), in which America subverts a left-leaning UK government (see Politics). The novel ends with the morally ambiguous forced resignation of the British prime minister in 1989; Plater's version is significantly altered: after the prime minister refuses to resign, a military coup ...

Ehrlich, Max

(1909-1983) US author initially active as an author of Radio plays for various series, including The Shadow (see The Shadow); he also wrote some Television scripts of sf interest, include one in 1965 for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and one in 1967 for Star Trek. His first novel, The Big Eye (1949), which was the first release in Doubleday's sf line, concerns an attempt by astronomers to terrify humanity into world peace by announcing that a visiting planet is due to hit Earth; the planet ...

Milne, Robert Duncan

(1844-1899) Scottish-born journalist and author, in the USA from about 1864, who published at least 60 sf stories of very considerable conceptual ingenuity, prefiguring many of the themes of the modern genre. Beginning with "A Modern Robe of Nessus" in 1879, he published most of these tales in the San Francisco journal The Argonaut, one of whose editors, Ambrose Bierce, was strongly influenced by his work. Forgotten for many decades after his death, Milne was rediscovered by Sam Moskowitz, who ...

Bhatia, Gautam

(1988-    ) Indian lawyer, essayist and author, resident in the UK; author of studies in Indian jurisprudence including Offend, Shock, or Disturb: Freedom of Speech Under the Indian Constitution (2015). He is of direct sf interest for the Chronicles of Sumer sequence beginning with The Wall (2020), set in an Earth-like venue at some indeterminate time in what could be the Far Future, where a vast circular self-sufficient City-state has flourished, apparently for millennia, ...

Shadows House

Japanese animated tv series (2021). Based on the Manga by So-ma-to. CloverWorks. Directed by Kazuki Ōhashi. Written by Toshiya Ōno. Voice cast includes Takaya Hashi, Akari Kitō, Yū Sasahara and Shino Shimoji. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / "Living Dolls" awake in the children's building of a large manorial estate, to be told they have been created as servants and companions to silhouette-like nobles called Shadows. These have black and featureless bodies; the ...

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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