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Ascher, Maurice

(1873-1965) German author, much of his nonfiction being studies in Judaism and Jewish issues. He is of sf interest for Gulliver's Neue Reise ["Gulliver's New Journey"] (1915), a Fantastic Voyage tale based on Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726; rev 1735), Gulliver in this case being an aviator who makes a crash-landing on an unknown Island. Here he finds two separate Utopias, Risolia and Pleuresia, whose solutions to human life are subjected to some Satire. [JC]

Fly II, The

Film (1989). Brooksfilms/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Chris Walas. Written by Mick Garris, Jim Wheat, Ken Wheat, Frank Darabont, based on a story by Garris. Cast includes Lee Richardson, Eric Stoltz and Daphne Zuniga. 104 minutes. Colour. / This is a genuine sequel to the 1986 remake of The Fly, not just a lame excuse for more horrific "fly" effects. Chris Walas, the skilled technician who created those effects for the earlier film, here made his directorial debut, and surprised many ...

Blue Thunder

Film (1983). Rastar/Gordon Carroll Productions. Directed John Badham. Written by Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby. Cast includes Candy Clark, Malcolm McDowell, Warren Oates, Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern. 110 minutes. Colour. / Borderline sf set in a very Near-Future Los Angeles, Blue Thunder tells the story of Murphy (Scheider), a helicopter-based police officer, asked to try out a new supercopter: it can see through walls, fire missiles, fly at 200 knots and hear conversations from far away. ...


UK A4-size Slick magazine published by Ben Jeapes, Big Engine Co, London, and edited by Liz Holliday. It saw only three bimonthly issues, October 2002 to February 2003, before the publishing company went into liquidation. A fourth issue was completed but not printed. Although printed on good quality coated paper, 3SF lacked the glitz and sparkle of Liz Holliday's previous magazine Odyssey and, when compared to Interzone, seemed rather tame and uninspiring. Its title, which was disturbingly ...

Davis, Brett

(?   -    ) US newspaper reporter from 1989, with Aerospace Daily (2001-2005) and subsequently with, whose Bone Wars sequence of sf novels, Bone Wars (1998) and Two Tiny Claws (1999), amusingly sets two historical nineteenth-century paleontologists – Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897) and Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899) – against each other in Montana in a search for Dinosaur fossils; events are complicated by the arrival of at least ...

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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