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Monteiro, Jerônymo

(1908-1970) Brazilian author and editor who was in a certain sense the first sf fan in Brazil. He was hooked as a child through H G Wells's books, and in his first sf stories he used the pseudonym "Ronnie Wells". Under this name, he wrote the adventures of the hugely popular detective Dick Peter in a radio show which lasted several years from 1937 on. Later, Dick Peter's exploits were collected in book form; they are Pulpish tales aimed at teenagers, most of them crime thrillers set in New ...

Benni, Stefano

(1947-    ) Italian journalist and author who published several nonfiction books before releasing his first novel, Terra! (1983; trans Annapaoloa Cancogni 1985), set in a Post-Holocaust world racked by Nuclear Winter; the action moves from the Underground city of Paris to a race through space to occupy a new and Edenic planet. Governing the farcical tone is a genuinely Satirical assault on human mores. Benni has been likened to Robert Sheckley. [JC]

Colomb, Philip Howard

(1831-1899) UK naval officer and author of several works on naval strategy; he was the main author [with a number of colleagues, see Checklist] of The Great War of 189–: A Forecast (2 January-21 May 1891 Black and White as "The Great War of 1892"; dated 1893 but 1892), a highly detailed Future War description of a very wide-flung "Great War" which begins in the Balkans with an attempted assassination, leading to a conflict where Germany must battle on two fronts; luckily, Belgium (which ...

Behind the Planet of the Apes

Television documentary (1998) about the making of the sf film Planet of the Apes (1968) and its sequels. Van Ness Films. Directed by Kevin Burns and David Comtois; written by Burns, Comtois and Brian Anthony. Featuring Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, and production team members including Mort Abrahams. 127 minutes. Colour. [DRL] links / Internet Movie Database

Furuhashi Hideyuki

(1971-    ) Japanese author, who graduated in Sociology from Hōsei University, Tokyo, and worked briefly as a graphic assistant at the Games company Capcom on the first iteration of Resident Evil. His debut novel, Black Rod (1996 2vols) depicts a Dystopian society in which human emotions are subject to government control in the interests of public safety. Beyond many derivative, Anime-inspired Light Novels, Aru Hi, Bakudan ga Ochite Kite ["One Day, the Bombs Were ...

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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