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Bukiet, Melvin Jules

(1953-    ) US author much of whose work is irradiated with fantasticated tropes – the circus, the Polder [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] that protects Jewish children from the Final Solution (see Holocaust Fiction) until the world breaks through, the Island – but does not always carry these transfigurations into literal sf or fantasy. Exceptions include his first novel Sandman's Dust (1985), in which Mr Besmith's Wonderful Show literally ...


Film (2015). Columbia Pictures, Media Rights Capital, LStar Capital. Directed by Neill Blomkamp. Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell. Cast includes Jose Pablo Cantillo, Jason Cope, Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Die Antwoords Ninja, Dev Patel, Yo-Landi Visser, Sigourney Weaver. 120 minutes. Colour. / Chappie is a remake of Neill Blomkamp's twenty-minute short film Tetra Vaal (2004), which was his first release, and expands upon the earlier movie's open channelling of Paul ...

Goble, Warwick

(1862-1943) UK artist, the foremost illustrator of sf in the pages of Pearson's Magazine and Pearson's Weekly 1896-1903. He contributed 66 illustrations to the latter's original serialization of The War of the Worlds (April-December 1897 Pearson's Weekly; 1898; with epilogue cut 1898) by H G Wells. Other work appeared in The Strand Magazine and Boys' Own Paper (see Boys' Papers) Goble also illustrated several sf and fantasy stories by George Griffith and Fred M White, as well as the Lost-Race ...

Vaughn, S K

Pseudonym of an unidentified American (?   -    ) screenwriter and author of thrillers, whose sf debut under this name is Across the Void (2019), a Space Opera whose protagonist awakens, apparently suffering from Memory Edit or perhaps straightforward trauma, as her NASA-built ship is broken and she is alone, except expectedly for an attendant AI. Her task is to get back to Earth. [JC]

Smith, Howard S

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose sf novel, Howard S Smith's I, Robot (2008), while its author explicitly disavows any connection with any other story or film with the familiar title, does clearly depend on most of them in the Technothriller story of a twenty-first century Robot detective bound by the three Laws of Robotics who must uncover an international scheme involving dangerous Weapons. [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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