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Piercy, Marge

(1936-    ) US author who has become recognized as a significant voice of US Feminism, initially with Poetry in volumes like Breaking Camp (coll 1968) but more importantly in novels like Going Down Fast (1969) and Vida (1980). Her first sf novel, Dance the Eagle to Sleep (1970), deals with an attempt by a group of student revolutionaries to set up a loving, communistic alternative society in the shadow of a near-totalitarian Near-Future US state. In Woman on the Edge of Time ...

Weekley, Ian

(1933-2014) UK teacher and author, who should not be confused with the artist and modeller Ian Weekley (1932-2005). His sf novel, The Moving Snow (1974), rather prosaically describes how a family copes with a Climate Change crisis that brings severe Arctic conditions to the UK. All in all they survive snugly (see Cosy Catastrophe). [JC]

Goldston, Robert C

(1927-1982) US author of crime fiction, also under the pseudonym James Stark; of fantasies such as his first novel, The Eighth Day (1956), dealing with miracles in a religious context; and of The Shore Seen Dimly (1963), in which the passengers and crew of a yacht at sea apprehend a nuclear Holocaust from a distance as they approach a seemingly deserted America. [JC]

Butler, Octavia E

(1947-2006) US author who began publishing sf with "Crossover" in Clarion (anth 1971) edited by Robin Scott Wilson, but who made no real impact on the sf field until the appearance of the Patternist series: Patternmaster (1976), Mind of My Mind (1977), Survivor (1978), Wild Seed (1980) and Clay's Ark (1984), all but Survivor assembled as Seed to Harvest (omni 2007). The order of publication has little to do with internal chronology; indeed, the first volume published stands last in a sequence ...

City Beneath the Sea

1. Made-for-tv film (1970; vt One Hour to Doomsday). Twentieth Century-Fox TV Productions for NBC TV. Directed by Irwin Allen. Written by John Meredyth Lucas from a story by Allen. Cast includes Richard Basehart, Robert Colbert, Joseph Cotton, Rosemary Forsyth, Sugar Ray Robinson, Robert Wagner and Stuart Whitman. 100 minutes, cut to 93 minutes. Colour. / Released outside the USA as a feature film called One Hour to Doomsday, this was a pilot for a television series that was never made. In ...

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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