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Brown, Peter Currell

(1936-    ) UK author whose first novel, Smallcreep's Day (1965), at an indeterminate point in the twentieth century, contains an extremely effective Absurdist quest into the heart of a vast, palpably allegorical factory, though the book as a whole is somewhat scattershot; the notion that the result of the quest for meaning is another assembly line is never sufficiently brought into focus. Mike Rutherford, the guitarist/bassist ...

Kelley, William Melvin

(1937-2017) US author whose celebrated short novel A Different Drummer (1959) is an sf fable telling of Black history in an imaginary town in an imagined southern state of the USA (see Race in SF), and ending with a mass emigration of all Blacks from this state in 1957. The isolation of this town [for Polder see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] is reminiscent of the ...

Montgomery, Richard R

A House Name of the Franky Tousey publications, including the magazine The Boys of New York (see Boys' Papers) and book publishers Pluck and Luck. This pseudonym was used more than once by Francis W Doughty. [DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Allaby, Michael

(1933-    ) UK author, mostly of nonfiction texts in fields like Ecology; but his The Greening of Mars (1984) with James Lovelock (of Gaia Hypothesis fame), though basically a nonfiction study of how Mars might be settled, is told as a fictionalized narrative whose tone is upliftingly Utopian. [JC]

Swamp Thing

1. Film (1982). See The Swamp Thing. / 2. US tv series (1990-1993). BBK Productions/DIC Enterprises/MCA Television/Universal Television for the USA Network. Produced by Bob Malden, Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Based on characters created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. Directors included Chuck Bowman, John McPherson and Walter von Huene. Writers included Tom Blomquist, Sandra Berg, ...

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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