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Gillon, Meir

(1907-1989) Transylvanian-born UK author, born Meir Selig Goldstein – surname changed to Gillon in the 1940s – whose sf novel, The Unsleep (1961) with Diana Gillon, describes the effect of the Drug Sta-Wake which, by enforcing sleeplessness, contributes to the creation of an admass Dystopia. [JC]

Monsters [tv]

US tv series (1988-1991). Laurel Entertainment, Inc. Syndicated. Created by Richard P Rubinstein. Executive producer Richard P Rubinstein. Producers include Michael Gornick, Anthony Santa Croce and Bill Siegler. Directors include Gerald Cott, Ernest Farino, and Bette Gordon. Writers include Michael Bishop, Ron Goulart, Peg Haller, Richard Rubinstein, Robert Sheckley, Dan Simmons, Edithe Swenson and F Paul Wilson. 72 30-minute episodes. Colour. / This low-budget Television Anthology Series ...

Taylor, Isaac

(1787-1865) UK author, also known as Isaac Taylor of Stanford Rivers, one of several children of Isaac Taylor (1759-1829), an engraver and author with whom his son should not be confused, a task with some difficulty as the younger Isaac Taylor often published anonymously, as did his several siblings (almost all of whom were authors) including Jefferys Taylor; he followed this practice with The Temple of Melekartha (1831 3vols) anonymous, a long disquisitional tale at the heart of which may be ...


A plague is a disease that travels from somewhere else. Many afflictions which are difficult to transmit, like leprosy, or the legion of cancers, are not normally described here, therefore, even loosely, as plagues, and are not treated in this encyclopedia under the Pandemic heading, a term here applied to contagions that invade. Various pestilences – including bubonic or pneumonic plague – do of course meet that loose criterion. Their pedigree is deep; invasive plagues have ...

Knapp, George L

(1872-1950) US journalist and author, whose The Face of Air (1912) is set on an apparently deserted ship "haunted" by an ape whose Invisibility is the result of a chemist's misapplied Invention. [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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