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Reeves, L P

(1937-    ) UK author exclusively associated with Robert Hale Limited, but whose novels, beginning with The Nairn Syndrome (1975), in which a new Drug causes mass disappearances, rise intermittently above their element. A recurring theme is Time Travel, as in Time Search (1976), which features a return to the World War Two era. The Last Days of the Peacemaker (1976) offers a vision of the destruction of London. [JC/DRL]

Niccol, Andrew

(1964-    ) New Zealand filmmaker who migrated to London in the mid-eighties, where he directed television commercials before moving to Hollywood in the nineties to write and direct feature films. After being bought out of his contract to direct his spec screenplay The Truman Show (1998) in favour of veteran Australian director Peter Weir, he made his debut as writer-director with the stylish Genetic Engineering dystopia Gattaca (1997). S1m0ne (2002) returned to some of the ...

Pedersen, Ted

(1938-2010) US screenwriter and author who scripted a 1978 episode of The Bionic Woman (1976-1978) and continued his Television career with scripts for Jason of Star Command (1978-1980), the animated Flash Gordon (1979-1980) and many more. He is the author of several novel Ties set in the Star Trek universe and aimed at a Young Adult audience, including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Pet (1994) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Cardassian Imps (1996), both with Mel Gilden; and the Cybersurfers ...

Douglas, Norman

(1868-1952) Austrian-born author, in UK from childhood, of superb meditative travel books and some fiction, his best-known novel being South Wind (1917 2vols). Unprofessional Tales (coll 1901) with his wife, Elizabeth Louisa Theobaldina Fitzgibbon (1876-1916), writing together as by Normyx, consists mainly of fantasies;one of the stories here assembled was revised, as by Douglas alone, as Nerinda (1929). In two novels of his late maturity he dramatized his strongly misogynist and persuasively ...

Chi Ta-wei

(1972-    ) Chinese author and academic, integral to the queer literature scene in his native Taiwan, whose work might be parsed in terms of a steady drift from Magic Realism, through sf into contemporary fiction, and thence into nonfiction in step with his own culture's gradual acceptance of his subject matter. While accumulating degrees in foreign languages and comparative literature from National Taiwan University and the University of California, Los Angeles, Chi ...

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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