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Obukhova, Lydia

(1924-1991) Russian author who began publishing work of interest as early as 1945, and whose books gained some popularity in her native land. Lilit (1966; trans Mirra Ginsburg as Daughter of Night: A Tale of Three Worlds 1974) tells the story of Adam's first wife, Lilith (see Adam and Eve), who meets an Alien assessing Earth for colonization. He falls in love with her, presents her with the gift of fire, and saves the planet from his own people. [JC]


Made-for-tv film (1994). Home Box Office. Produced by Frederick Muller and Ilene Kahn, directed by Christopher Menaul, screenplay Stanley Weiser and Ron Hutchinson, based on the novel Fatherland (1992) by Robert Harris. Cast includes Rutger Hauer and Miranda Richardson. 106 minutes. Colour. / The year is 1964, the place Berlin, in an Alternate History in which Hitler Wins the Second World War. The USA, which stayed out of the war against Germany and is now led by President Joseph Kennedy ...

Sheck, Laurie

(1953-    ) US academic, poet and author, of sf interest primarily for her novel, A Monster's Notes (2009), in which the Frankenstein Monster, having been created – as Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus (1818) states – decades before the publication of the tale, visits Mary Shelley when she is still a small child. The interweaving of their relationship intimately affects the monster's life over the next century or so (he is apparently Immortal), as he ...

Grey Goo

Popular term (also spelt "gray goo" in the USA) for the nightmare scenario of uncontrolled Nanotechnology in which the hypothetical tiny self-replicators reproduce without limit, converting all available organic matter – or in some cases inorganic matter, or both – into more and yet more devouring grey goo. Such a Disaster is threatened but averted in Assemblers of Infinity (September-December 1992 Analog; exp 1993) by Kevin J Anderson and Doug Beason. Earth has been destroyed by ...

Silver Screen Horror

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint paper. Published by Robert C Sproul as Globe Communications. No editor named. One issue, May 1977. / This magazine, apparently intended as a one-time only publication, included many black and white photos from vintage Horror and sf films, with brief articles about them. Featured productions include The Fly (1958), The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and This Island Earth (1955). Collectors should note that the cover lists the title ...

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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