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Corbett, Mrs George

(1846-1930) English author both in books and for the stage, very prolific during the 1890s and around the turn of the century, with many stories and serials in newspapers not reprinted in book form. Noted at the time for her detective stories including her first, The Missing Note (1881). She produced two books of sf interest. Pharisees Unveiled (1889), which sold out on the day of publication, is presented as a detective novel but concerns a doctor who uses an Invisibility potion in order to ...

Patrice, Helen

(1964-    ) Australian poet and author who began to publish work of genre interest as Helen Sargeant, beginning with "The Questing Knight" in Far Out 3 for 1986, but who is best known for the set of linked poems assembled as A Woman of Mars: The Poems of an Early Homesteader (coll 2011 chap), during which the narrator travels with her lover to Mars and settles there. Some of the imagery reflects, with measured nostalgia, Ray Bradbury's in The Martian Chronicles (coll of ...

Dune

Film (1984). Dino De Laurentiis/Universal. Directed by David Lynch. Written by Lynch, based on Dune (fixup 1965) by Frank Herbert. Cast includes Francesca Annis, Kyle MacLachlan, Kenneth McMillan, many others, Sting and Sean Young. 137 minutes. Colour. / Seldom has a big-budget genre film been so execrated by fans and film critics alike. Certainly its narrative is confused to the point of incoherence, showing signs of last-minute, lunatic cutting. Certainly the many-layered story of ...

Brown, Alec

(1900-1962) UK translator and author whose early work, like The Honest Bounder (1927), grappled with interbellum Europe from a left perspective; in his sf novel, Angelo's Moon (1955), set in an Underground city in Africa called Hypolitania, a white scientist offers some hope of countering the degeneration of our species. [JC]

Compton, Stoney

Working name of Leonard W Compton (?   -    ), US author and illustrator who began to publish work of genre interest with "Whalesong" in Universe 1 (anth 1990) edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber; another early story is "When the Ship Came" (December 1994 Tomorrow). In his Alternate History tale, Russian Amerika (2007), the Jonbar Point is the continuing rude health of the (historical) Russian-American Company under Our Highest Protection after 1807, ...

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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