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Chapin, Maud Hudnut

(1872-1963) US author of the stories, mostly sf, some very mildly Feminist in their implications, assembled as The Lost Star, and Other Stories (coll 1948 chap). [JC]

El Akkad, Omar

(1982-    ) Egyptian-born journalist and author, raised in Qatar, in Canada from the age of sixteen. His first novel, American War (2017), which is set in a Near Future Dystopian America ravaged by Climate Change and right-wing fundamentalism, distinguishes itself from thematic banality through its exceedingly vivid enactments of the costs of War, El Akkad's experiences as a correspondent in Afghanistan avowedly contributing to the immediacy of his "report" on the future. ...

McConnell, Ashley

(?   -    ) US author, mostly of Ties, though her first novel, Unearthed (1992), is supernatural horror; she has also written fantasy. She is probably best known for her Ties to two Television series: Quantum Leap (1989-1993), beginning with Quantum Leap: The Novel (1992; vt Quantum Leap: Carny Knowledge 1993), and Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007), beginning with Stargate SG-1 (1998). Among her other tied novels are Highlander: Scimitar (1996) and Buffy the Vampire ...

D'Anvers, N

Pseudonym of author and translator Nancy Regina Emily Meugens (1844-1933), who clocked her Belgian ancestry ["Nancy from Antwerp"] through the name she chose for all her translations of novels by Jules Verne. In her own right, as by Mrs A G Bell or Mrs Arthur Bell, she was the author of several popularizing guides to Western art and individual artists, the best known of these being James McNeill Whistler (1904) because he disapproved of her. She wrote no fiction. [JC]

Tomorrow, When the War Began

Film (2010). OmniLab and Screen Australia in association with Paramount Pictures present an Ambience Entertainment production. Written and directed by Stuart Beattie. Based on Tomorrow, When the War Began (1993) by John Marsden. Cast includes Deniz Akdeniz, Ashleigh Cummings, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Lincoln Lewis, Chris Pang, Andy Ryan, Caitlin Stasey and Phoebe Tonkin. 103 minutes. Colour. / Seven teenagers return from a bush weekend to find Australia invaded by an unnamed (and essentially ...

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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