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Mullally, Frederic

(1918-2014) UK journalist, publicist and author whose only sf novel – after the borderline Oh! Wicked Wanda (1970) – is Hitler Has Won (1975), based on a Comic strip in Penthouse Magazine; an a competent presentation of what has become a very common Alternate-History vision of history (see Hitler Wins). Mullally's particular explanation for Hitler's victory involves an early assault on Russia. [JC]

3rd Rock from the Sun

US tv series (1996-2001). Created by Bonnie and Terry Turner. Producers include the Turners, Bill Martin, Mike Schiff, Marcy Carsey, and Caryn Mandabach. Directors include Terry Hughes, Robert Berlinger, and James Burrows. Writers include the Turners, Martin, Schiff, Christine Zander, and Bob Kushell. Cast includes Jane Curtin (Dr Mary Albright), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Tommy Solomon), Kristen Johnston (Sally Solomon), Wayne Knight (Officer Don Orville), John Lithgow (Dick Solomon) and French ...

Mars Needs Moms

Film (2011). ImageMovers and Walt Disney Productions (see The Walt Disney Company). Directed by Simon Wells. Written by Simon and Wendy Wells, based on the illustrated book by Berkeley Breathed. Cast includes Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler and Seth Green. 88 minutes. Colour, 3D. / A totalitarian Martian gynocracy (see Mars) has imposed a Metropolis-like division between a gleaming technocratic upper City and a Morlock sewer level for the males, with the maternal function outsourced to disposable ...

Beaujon, Paul

Pseudonym of US-born author and typographer Beatrice Lamberton Warde (1900-1969), famous for This Is a Printing Office (1932 broadsheet) under her own name. Her sf novella, The Shelter in Bedlem (1937 chap; rev vt Peace Under Earth: Dialogues from the Year 1946 1938 chap), expresses a grim view of the Dystopia which would follow the end of conflict. The Crystal Goblet: Sixteen Essays on Typography (coll 1955) as Beatrice Warde conveys her passionate involvement in proper typography as a window ...

Talmi, Menachem

(1926-    ) Israeli author and journalist, many of whose works have been for children, though he is best known perhaps for his colourful short stories chronicling the criminal underworld of Jaffa in the 1980s, collected as Tmunot Ya'foiyot ["Jaffa Pictures"] (1979-1986 4vols). / Of genre interest, however, is Talmi's Children's SF novel, Ta'alumat Ha'tzalachat Ha'meofefet ["The Mystery of the Flying Saucer"] (1954 Davar Le'yeladim as "Ha'chalalit" ["The Spaceship"]; ...

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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