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Longueville, Peter

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -?   ) of The Hermit: Or, the ­Unparalled [sic] Sufferings and Surprising Adventures of Mr. Philip Quarll, an Englishman: Who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington a Bristol Merchant [for full title see Checklist below] (1727), a Satire on Daniel Defoe's The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1719). Though he creates a mercantile ecology for himself (see Robinsonade), Quarll ...

Top o Nerae

["Aim for the Top"]. Animated video series (1988 Japan; vt Gunbuster, 1990 US). Gainax, Bandai Emotion. Directed by Hideaki Anno. Written by Hideaki Anno and Toshio Okada. Cast includes Noriko Hidaka, Maria Kawamura, Rei Sakuma and Norio Wakamoto. 180 minutes (6 x 30 minutes). Five episodes colour, last episode mainly black and white. / A Future War Anime in which the teenage Noriko (Hidaka) volunteers as a Mecha pilot in Earth's military after her Starship captain father is killed in a ...

Sanborn, Robin

(?   -    ) US author in whose Near Future novel, The Book of Stier (1971), a youth movement inspired by the Music of the mysterious Richard Stier overtopples all American institutions. As a sign of the devastation wreaked by this countercultural putsch, Canada eventually takes over the USA. [JC] see also: Messiahs. /

Pianeta Errante, Il

["The Wandering Planet"] Film (1966; vt War Between the Planets). Mercury Film International/Southern Cross Productions. Directed by Antonio Margheriti credited as Anthony Dawson. Written by Renato Moretti and Ivan Reiner. Cast includes Ombretta Colli, Enzo Fiermonte, Pietro Martellanza, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Goffredo Unger and Halina Zalewska. 80 minutes. Colour. / As Earth is ravaged by unexplained landslides, earthquakes, and tidal waves, Scientists speculate that it may be caused by a ...

Bentley, Peter

Pseudonym of Alan Moon (?   -    ), an author whose single sf novel for Robert Hale Limited is Destined to Survive (1977). [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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