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Mader, Friedrich W

(1866-1945) German author, mainly of juvenile novels, many set in German East Africa and written somewhat in the style of H Rider Haggard. Wunderwelten (1911; trans Max Shachtman as Distant Worlds: The Story of a Voyage to the Planets 1932) is a juvenile which takes its Spaceship crew to Mars and finally – one of the first sf texts to indicate clearly that Faster Than Light speeds would be required for rapid interstellar travel – to Alpha Centauri, where they explore an Eden-like ...

Remes, Ilkka

Pseudonym of Petri Pykälä (1962-    ), an author working largely in the Technothriller mode, and the best-selling novelist in his native Finland for much of the first two decades of the twenty-first century. Several of his works step over the line into sf, beginning with his debut novel Pääkallokehrääjä ["Death's-Head Moth"] (1997), an Alternate History set in 1986, 42 years after a Soviet conquest of Finland in World War Two. The story is ...

Secret Empire, The

US television series (1979). MCA/Universal Pictures/Universal Television. Created by Kenneth Johnson. Produced by Richard Milton. Directors included Joseph Pevney, Nick Havinga, Tony Lo Bianco. Writers included Johnson, Gene R Kearny, Jeri Taylor, Nona Tyson. Cast includes Peter Breck, Pamela Brull, Stefanie Kramer, Mark Lenard, Diane Markoff, David Opatshu, Geoffrey Scott and Charlene Watkins.. Twelve 20-minute episodes (only ten released). Black and white and colour (see below). / In and ...

Swahn, Sven Christer

(1933-2005) Swedish poet, author, playwright, literary critic and translator. Immensely prolific, Swahn published a dozen collections of poetry including his first book, Eftermiddagens nycklar ["The Keys to Afternoon"] (coll 1956), five short story collections, thirteen adult novels, seventeen juvenile novels, a dozen or more Radio plays, eight books of literary overviews, essays and cultural history, a dozen Anthologies, hundreds of book reviews and magazine essays and close to two hundred ...

Lacey, Alan

(1926-    ) UK author whose first novel, A Land Without Mercy (1974), combines fantasy and tropes out of Prehistoric SF without much energy in a tale of early Britain. The Love Warrior (1975) is a Planetary Romance set partly on what was once a colony planet of a now forgotten Earth, and where Wars are now conducted by soldiers in medieval garb with advanced Weapons; in a complicated (but somewhat diffusely told) plot, the protagonist becomes a culture hero who, in the ...

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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