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Lamartine, Alphonse De

(1790-1869) French poet and political thinker who probably did not write in 1843 (as claimed by its publisher) the Future History published in English as Time on My Hands (1848); it depicts a complex and somewhat pixilated pattern of confederacies in Europe, with various scientific achievements to boast of, though not clearly. [JC]

Abominable Snowman, The

Film (1957; vt The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas US). Hammer Film Productions/Warner Brothers (UK)/20th Century Fox (US). Produced by Aubrey Baring. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Nigel Kneale, adapted from his BBC teleplay The Creature (30 January 1955). Makeup by Phil Leakey. Cast includes Michael Brill, Robert Brown, Peter Cushing, Arnold Marlé, Wolfe Morris, Maureen O'Connell and Forest Tucker. 91 minutes, cut to 83 minutes. Black and white. / Botanist Dr John Rollason ...

Giancola, Donato

(1967-    ) American artist, at times credited simply as Donato. After initially studying engineering in college, Giancola shifted his focus to art, obtaining a BFA in painting from Syracuse University College of Visual Arts in 1992. Almost immediately, he began receiving assignments to paint covers for major publishers, including Tor Books and Ace Books, creatively employing his classical training to depict unusual settings and beings – as observed, for example, in ...

Wise, Susannah

(?   -    ) UK actor and author, active in the former capacity from the late 1990s. Her first novel, This Fragile Earth (2021), was inspired, according to Wise, by the death of her father the film director Herbert Wise (1924-2015). In Near Future London living conditions continue to worsen as planetary crises (see Climate Change) proliferate; the protagonist and her young son flee to the country, but no Cosy Catastrophe solace attends this hegira. [JC]

Lakshminarayan, Lavanya

(?   -    ) Indian Videogame designer and author whose first book of fiction, Analog/Virtual: And Other Simulations of Your Future (coll of linked stories/fixup 2020), sophisticatedly overrides any restrictive classification of her portrait of the lives of twenty inhabitants of the distant Near Future Apex City, each occupying a story of their own through a close-third-person narrative lens that gives an insect-eye perspective on the whole. The City portrayed ...

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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