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Goliath Awaits

Made-for-tv film (1981). Larry White Productions/Columbia Picture Television. Syndicated. Produced by Hugh Benson. Directed by Kevin Connor. Written by Richard M Bluel and Pat Fielder from a story by Bluel, Fielder, and Benson. Cast includes Robert Forster, Frank Gorshin, Mark Harmon, Christopher Lee and Emma Samms. 200 minutes, cut to 186 minutes, 110 minutes for home video release. Colour. / 1939: early in World War Two, the British liner Goliath is sunk by a German U-boat while en route ...

Byrne, Eugene

(1959-    ) Irish-born UK author whose first sf publication was "In the Air" for Interzone in January 1991 with Kim Newman, with whom he collaborated on other short fiction and on his first novel (see Kim Newman for discussion). He has also written under the name Myles Burnham (see Games Workshop). His first solo novel, ThiGMOO (June 1997 Interzone as "Thigmoo"; exp 1999), though not (unlike most of his collaborative work) technically an Alternate History tale, generates a ...


George Clinton's musical collective. Some consider it ineligible to consider Funkadelic as separate from Parliament, Clinton's other famous band, although the origins of the two are separate (Funkadelic was originally the backing group for "the Parliaments", as Parliament were originally called). Legal difficulties led to Parliament becoming subsumed entirely within Funkadelic by 1968, although these difficulties were cleared away by the early 1970s and Parliament released independently ...

Kerr, Sophie

(1880-1965) US editor and author, active from before the beginning of the twentieth century; of her many novels, The Man Who Knew the Date (1951), about a man who can predict the exact moment of the death of others, is of some interest as a study in precognition (see Psi Powers). [JC]

Lindsay, Richard

(?   -    ) Author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Moon Is the Key (1980). [DRL]

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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