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Scortia, Thomas N

(1926-1986) US chemist and author, active in solid-propellant research in the aerospace industry during the 1960s before becoming a full-time writer in 1970. He had already been publishing craftsmanlike stories for sixteen years, beginning with "The Prodigy" for Science Fiction Adventures in March 1954; known pseudonyms for short work in the sf magazines are Scott Nichols and Gerald MacDow (Arthur R Kurtz has also been given as a Scortia pseudonym). Some of his better work is assembled in ...

Gandahar

French/Korean animated film (1987; vt The Light Years). SEK Animation Studio. Based on the novel Les Hommes-machines contre Gandahar (1969) by Jean-Pierre Andrevon. Directed and written by René Laloux. Voice cast includes Pierre-Marie Escourrou and Georges Wilson. 83 minutes. Colour. / The land of Jaspar on the planet Gandahar is a paradise, overlooked by a City in the form of a giant statue; here blue-skinned humans live in harmony with Alien nature, preferring "natural order to ...

Grossman, Austin

(1969-    ) US author and Videogame designer whose debut sf novel is the Comics-based Parody Soon I Will Be Invincible (2007), told in alternating sections from the viewpoints of Mad Scientist supervillain Dr Impossible and a Cyborg superheroine. The lively narrative, set in an Alternate History of established Superhero teams, makes amusing play with related Clichés and touches on the darker side of Superpowers and super-obsessions, though without achieving or meaning ...

Houston, David

Pseudonym of US author Houston Force Lumpkin III (1938-    ), who produced sf books with some intensity for a few years, though he fell silent after 1982. Generally unremarkable, though competent, his works began with Alien Perspective (1978) and the Gods in a Vortex sf-adventure sequence comprising Gods in a Vortex (1979) and Wingmaster (1981). He then wrote a series of novels Tied to the Tales of Tomorrow television series: Tales of Tomorrow #1: Invaders at Ground Zero ...

Bova, Ben

(1932-2020) US author and editor who worked as technical editor for Project Vanguard 1956-1958, and science writer for Avco Everett Research Laboratory 1960-1971, before being appointed editor of Analog following the death of John W Campbell Jr in 1971. The magazine had become creatively moribund – although it remained commercially healthy – during the last decade of so of Campbell's editorship. Bova maintained the magazine's orientation towards technophilic Hard SF but considerably ...

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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