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Lindsay, Jeffry P

Pseudonym of US author Jeffry P Freundlich (1952-    ) for fiction written in collaboration with his wife, Hilary Hemingway. These books include an sf thriller series comprising Dreamland (1995) and Dreamchild (1998), both with Hilary Hemingway, told in a UFO mode, featuring an Alien kept secret by the government, and a ...

Return, The

Russian animated film (1980; original title Vozvrashchenie). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Boris Ryakhovsky. Voice cast includes Viktor Balashov, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy and Vasiliy Livanov. 10 minutes. Colour. / Following a trip to Jupiter a cosmonaut is returning to Earth. However, his Spaceship is hit by meteorites, disabling ...

Smaill, Anna

(1979-    ) New Zealand author whose first novel, The Chimes (2015), artfully conceals its distant Near Future setting in a London which may be viewed as a Dystopia, as it is oppressively guild-dominated and under something like a curse, which may be nothing more than the effects of twenty-first century global despoliation. At the same time, however, a detailed and subtle ...


UK film (1958; vt The Dream Machine; vt The Electronic Monster). Amalgamated Productions. Directed by Montgomery Tully and, for the dream sequences, David Paltenghi. Written by Charles Eric Maine, based on his novel Escapement (1956; vt The Man Who Couldn't Sleep 1958), with additional dialogue by J MacLaren Ross. Cast includes Kay Callard, Rod Cameron, Larry Cross, Meredith Edwards, Peter Illing, John ...

Edge, The

UK A4-size review-and-comment Semiprozine, somewhat left field, with a discerning interest in indie culture and art, but which also carries alternative and experimental fiction influenced by the Michael Moorcock-era New Worlds and by the British music and culture magazine The Face. It has been published and edited by journalist David Clark (until 2001 under his alias Graham Evans) since ...

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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