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Love of money, being the root of all evil, has always played a leading part in literature, and sf is no exception: few plots could move without it. Precisely because it is so basic, however, speculative thought has rarely focused on it; it is one of those things that is habitually taken for granted. Money may change its form, and the dollar may be replaced by the Credit, but its centrality in human affairs is inviolable. / The commonest of all wish-fulfilment fantasies is the sudden ...

Johns, Willy

(?   -    ) US author known only for The Fabulous Journey of Hieronymus Meeker (1954), a Fantastic Voyage tale in which a Gulliver-like protagonist (see Gulliver; Jonathan Swift) travels in the good ship Jeemarad to a planet where he discovers a Utopia based on constant transformation. [JC]

McGivern, William P

(1918-1982) US author, mostly of noir crime, who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Visible Invisible Man" for Amazing Stories in December 1940, and remained very prolific, initially under two pseudonyms that later became House Names: P F Costello, this name being annexed by Ziff-Davis, and Gerald Vance, and wrote one story under the Ziff-Davis house name Clee Garson; he also wrote as by Bill Peters. He collaborated on several stories with David Wright O'Brien, mostly as by John ...

Battle: Los Angeles

Film (2011). Columbia Pictures in association with Relativity Media presents an Original Film/Legion Entertainment production. Directed by Jonathan Liebesman. Written by Chris Bertolini. Cast includes Aaron Eckhart, Cory Hardrict, Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez, Ramón Rodríguez and Will Rothhaar. 116 minutes. Colour. / After Earth's major cities are attacked in a coordinated extraterrestrial Invasion, a unit of marines stranded behind enemy lines during a rescue mission ...

Aldridge, Ray

Working name of US author Raymon Huebert Aldridge (1948-    ), who began publishing work of sf interest with "The Flesh Tinker and the Loneliest Man" for Amazing in July 1987. His most typical work – in a style evocative of Cordwainer Smith and Jack Vance – may be contained in the PanGalactic Universe sequence, beginning with "The Touch of the Hook" (April 1988 F&SF), set in a galaxy centuries after Pantropy has seeded the stars. His one sf novel series ...

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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