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Sharmat, Mitchell

(1927-2011) US author of books for young readers, beginning with Reddy Rattler and Easy Eagle (1979 chap) and others with fantasy elements consistent with their genre [none are listed below]. He is of sf interest for A Girl of Many Parts (1988), a Young Adult tale in which an adolescent girl, making an interstellar Computer purchase, discovers that she has created a double; conniptions, some involving young romance, ensue. [JC]

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

Film (1972). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by J Lee Thompson. Written by Paul Dehn, based on characters created by Pierre Boulle. Cast includes Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Hari Rhodes and Natalie Trundy. 86 minutes. Colour. / This was the fourth in the ever-weakening series of films beginning in 1968 with Planet of the Apes. Caesar (McDowall), the ape born in Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), is being kept in a circus but comes to resent the human exploitation of apes so ...

Wright, John C

(1961-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Not Born a Man" in Aberrations for Christmas 1994, and whose novels, most of them comprising series, vigorously attest the value of modern Space Opera as a format or arena capable of representing complex philosophical and (perhaps less rewardingly to a general audience) Religious arguments, ranging from Politics to Evolution to Eschatology. His use of the form is baroquely and intriguingly opportunistic, ...


Pseudonym of UK author John W Wall (1910-1989), a career diplomat for the UK from 1933 until his retirement in 1966. Most of the short stories assembled in Ringstones, and Other Curious Tales (coll 1951) and The Doll Maker, and Other Tales of the Uncanny (coll 1953) [for vts see Checklist] are fantasy, but the haunting and nightmarish The Sound of His Horn (1952) has often been conscripted to the sf ranks by sf critics, for it is partially set in an Alternate History, a Germany 100 years after ...

Martian Successor Nadesico

Japanese animated TV series (1996). Xebec, Studio Tron, TV Tokyo. Directed by Tatsuo Sato. Written by Shō Aikawa, Takeshi Shudō, Hiroyuki Kawasaki. Cast includes Hōko Kuwashima and Yūji Ueda. 26 episodes of 25 minutes. Colour. / In the first throes of an alien Invasion of alleged lizard-Monsters from Jupiter, a rogue Starship captain defies the dithering military authorities and sets off to fight the menace. Her largely female crew is augmented by a diffident male cook ...

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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