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Goodfellow, David

(?   -    ) US author of Not Long Under an Alien Sun (1996), an sf novel about young executives in peril from Villainous corporate interference upon a Spaceship. [JC]

Banks, Michael A

Pseudonym of US author and editor Alan Gould (1951-    ), who began publishing sf as Banks with "Lost & Found" for Asimov's in March/April 1978 with George Wagner, and who has since published at least forty-five stories, some as Alan Gould. His first books of sf interest were the nonfiction Understanding Science Fiction (1982), a primer plus anthology for teachers unfamiliar with the field, and Ultraheroes (1983), an sf interactive text for juveniles. His first sf novel ...

It Conquered the World

Film (1956). Sunset/American International. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B Griffith, though screenplay credit is to Lou Rusoff. Cast includes Beverly Garland, Peter Graves and Lee Van Cleef. 71 minutes. Black and white. / This film only just survives its ridiculous monster (cone-shaped with fangs) and the usual hurried air of a Corman production, but there's plenty of interest in the tale of an idealistic but weak scientist (Van Cleef) who brings a Venusian to ...

Adams, Terry A

(1946-    ) US author whose D'neeran Factor sequence – Sentience: A Novel of First Contact (1986), The Master of Chaos (1989) and Battleground (2013) – begins in the conflict between "true" humans and D'Neerans, who are human telepaths (see ESP; Telepathy), and builds into a Space-Opera sequence involving new races and challenges to their female telepath protagonist, who saves several worlds. They are told in a skittish but engaging style designed to give some ...

Hernaman-Johnson, Francis

(1879-1949) UK physician and medical researcher and author of The Polyphemes: A Story of Strange Adventures Among Strange Beings (1906). The beings, Polyphemus horridus, giant intelligent Moon-worshipping ants from a Pacific Island, just fail to conquer the Near Future world of 1912, despite their use of "X Magnetism" to power their advanced Airships, which bomb Europe. The influence of H G Wells is apparent in this tale of Imperialism in reverse. [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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