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Meyers, Walter E

(1939-    ) US academic based at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. A grammarian and medievalist, WEM has also been teaching sf and fantasy since the 1970s (currently with John Kessel). His first book of genre interest, Aliens and Linguists: Language Study and Science Fiction (1980), is an excellent and amusing work on Linguistics in sf; the argument is updated in "The Language and ...

Christie, Jason

(circa 1980-    ) Canadian poet (see Canada; Poetry) who is of sf interest for the poems assembled in i-Robot: Poetry (coll 2006), comprising prose-poems set in a Near Future world where Robots, and the distributed networks they link to, are sentient. [JC]

Lucas, F L

(1894-1967) UK author and critic, better known in the latter capacity; his criticism, though sharp-minded, fought fatally shy of twentieth-century thought. He was in active service throughout World War One, and was involved during World War Two in the Ultra code-breaking project at Bletchley Park. Of his fiction, The Woman Clothed with the Sun and Other Stories (coll of linked stories 1937), like much of the work of F Britten ...

Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri

Videogame (1999). Firaxis Games (FG). Designed by Brian Reynolds, Sid Meier. Platforms: Win (1999); Mac (2000); Lin (2001). / Alpha Centauri is a 4X Game based on an attempt to colonize the eponymous solar system. It is much influenced by the designers' Civilization series of historical games, particularly Sid Meier's Civilization II (1996 ...

Invaders from Mars

1. Film (1953). National Pictures/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. Written by Richard Blake (and John Tucker Battle, uncredited). Cast includes Helena Carter, Leif Erickson, Arthur Franz and Jimmy Hunt. 78 minutes (82 minutes in Europe). Colour. / A small, disturbing, curiously memorable film by the director of Things to Come (1936), made for children but capable of terrifying them. Through a little boy's ...

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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