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Belden, Wilanne Schneider

(1925-    ) US author, mostly of Young Adult titles, whose Mind sequence – comprising Mind-Call (1981), Mind-Hold (1987) and Mind-Find (1988) – places a moderately dysfunctional family with Psi Powers in a Post-Holocaust environment, for they live in California after a vast earthquake has essentially destroyed the ...

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

US tv series (2008-2009). Created by Josh Friedman. Producers include Friedman, Mario Kassar, Joel B Michaels, and James Middleton. Directors include Charles Beeson, Jeffrey G Hunt, and David Nutter. Writers include Friedman, Denise Thé, Natalie Chaidez, and Ashley Miller. Cast includes Lena Headey as Sarah Connor, Thomas Dekker as John Connor, Richard T Jones as James Ellison, Garret Dillahunt as Cromartie/John Henry, Summer Glau as Cameron Phillips, Brian Austin Green as Derek ...

Briggs, Ian

(?   -    ) UK scriptwriter and actor who wrote two Television serials for the Doctor Who universe, each featuring the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy: "Dragonfire" (23 November 1987 to 7 December 1987), which he novelized as Doctor Who: Dragonfire (1989); and "The Curse of Fenric" (25 October 1989 to 15 November 1989), which he novelized as Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric ...

Berry, Jedediah

(1977-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Inheritance" in The Fairy Tale Review for 2007, and although his work is not generally thought of as sf, his first novel, The Manual of Detection (2009), imparts very considerable Equipoisal energy to the story of Charles Unwin, a detective whose investigations into his predecessor's apparent triumphs gradually unpack a deeply insecure world. ...

Vess, Charles

(1951-    ) American artist. After receiving a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973, Vess briefly worked in animation before moving to New York City in 1977 to do illustrations for National Lampoon, Heavy Metal, Klutz Press, and other clients. Yet he displayed a natural talent for illustrating works of Fantasy by producing a number of paintings for a 1977 edition of J R R ...

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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