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Meik, Vivian

(1894-1955) Indian-born engineer and author, in active service during World War One, during which he was wounded at least once; in UK during his adult life until 1947, then in USA. The Geoffrey Aylett sequence beginning with Devils' Drums (coll of linked stories 1933) is primarily supernatural, with an occult tinge, though verging at point into Horror in SF. His only singleton, The Curse of Red Shiva (1936), is a Yellow Peril tale. Nemesis over Hitler (1941) is nonfiction. [JC]

Bok Geo-Il

(1946-    ) South Korean author who turned to full-time writing after a business career in the early 1980s. A graduate of the College of Commerce at Seoul National University, Bok's first novel Bimyeong-eul Chajaseo ["Looking for an Epitaph"] (1987 2vols) posited a complex but well-realized Alternate History in which the politician Itō Hirobumi survives an assassination attempt in 1909, thereby preventing the colony of Korea from ever gaining independence from Japan. In ...

Chilton, H Herman

(1863-1945) Belgian-born UK author, whose first sf novel, Woman Unsexed (1892), melodramatically depicts a 1925 world ruined by women's right to work; The Ways of June (1925) places a conventional love story into a world characterized by Inventions such as vertical-takeoff airplanes; The Lost Children (1931) visits the Lost World to which the children of Hamelin followed the Pied Piper, where they have founded a Utopia; Talking Totem (1938) is Prehistoric SF. [JC]

Leokum, Leonard

(1941-2000) US author of a Near Future sf novel, Weather War (1978) with Paul Posnick, in which the major powers, as World War Three threatens, explore the possibilities of using the technology of Weather Control against one another. [JC]

Escape from Jupiter

Australian tv series (1994). Film Australia. Produced by Ron Saunders. Executive producers included Ron Saunders and Kagari Tajima. Directors included Fumitaka Tamura and Kate Woods. Writers included Martin Daley, David Ogilvy, John Patterson. Cast included Steve Bisley, Anna Choy, Arthur Dignam, Abe Forsythe, Robyn MacKenzie, Justin Rosniak, Daniel Taylor and Anne Tenney. Thirteen 25-minute episodes. Colour. / Juvenile mini-series, set in the Near Future. This Space Opera begins in a ...

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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