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No Blade of Grass

Film (1970). Symbol/MGM. Directed by Cornel Wilde. Written by Sean Forestal, Jefferson Pascal, based on The Death of Grass (1956; vt No Blade of Grass 1957) by John Christopher. Cast includes Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Anthony May and Jean Wallace. 96 minutes cut to 80 minutes. Colour. / Cereal crops all die and society breaks down. A family journeys across chaotic England, battling armed groups of marauders who are searching for food, and reach sanctuary in the Lake District. Wilde ...

Burton, Lloyd

(?1935-    ) South African author, who lived and worked in colonial Kenya in the 1950s and 1960s, various countries in the Middle East afterwards and since 1972 in Rhodesia; now back in South Africa. He started writing during his assignment in Kenya, but his first book, novel The Yellow Mountain (1978) was published while in Rhodesia. A typical propagandist adventure fiction in favour of the white settlers' cause in Rhodesia, it is set in Kenya, Northern Africa and Rhodesia ...

Rushton, William

(1937-1996) UK actor, cartoonist, editor, journalist and author who often wrote or drew as Willie Rushton. The influence of J B Morton is particularly clear in serial cartoon Satires like Brimstone Belcher (June 1960-March 1961 Liberal News), an influence which permeated the journal Private Eye, which Rushton co-founded in 1961. As actor and comic, he was a founding participant in the UK satirical Television revue, That Was the Week That Was (November 1962-December 1963), and until his death he ...

Bolaño, Roberto

Working name of Chilean journalist, poet and author Roberto Bolaño Avalos; (1953-2003), who was garlanded with awards for works largely outside the sf genre (see Mainstream Writers of SF). Most of his short fiction skirts the fantastic, though his Beast Fable, "El policia de las ratas" (in El gaucho insufrible, coll 2003; trans Chris Andrews as "Police Rat" in The Insufferable Gaucho 2010), is a direct homage to Franz Kafka's "Josefine, die Sängerin oder Das Volk der Mäuse" (in ...

Macksey, Kenneth

(1923-2005) UK soldier 1941-1978, winner of a Military Cross during service in World War Two, military historian and author. Two of his many books are Hitler Wins texts, Invasion: The Alternate History of the German Invasion of England, July 1940 (1980) and The Hitler Options: Alternate Decisions of World War II (anth 1995), each of which posits an Alternate History in which Germany is victorious; neither is couched as fiction, and none of the contributors to the second volume are known as ...

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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