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McCormack, Mike

(1965-    ) UK-born author, in Ireland from childhood, active from the mid 1990s. Some short stories stretch past the mundane, but very little of his work extends into the fantastic until Notes from a Coma (2005). It is a Near Future Dystopian excursus on the nature of Crime and Punishment whose protagonist, locked into a coma as an involuntary participant in the "Somnos Project", unstoppably iterates his thoughts and confessions through a bricolage-ridden Internet text. The ...

Wilkins, Vaughan

(1890-1959) UK journalist and author best known for his historical romances, but who wrote some tales of sf interest. Being Met Together (1944), though marginal, interestingly describes an attempt to rescue Napoleon from St Helena using a submarine (see Under the Sea) designed by the American engineer and inventor Robert Fulton (1765-1815). After Bath; Or (If you Prefer) The Remarkable Case of the Flying Hat (1945) is an ornately fantastic juvenile whose variegated cast attempts to return Magic ...

Clarke, Percy

(?   -?   ) An author active in the 1880s and 1890s, either UK or Australian; set in Australia like his other works, his sf novel, The Valley Council; or, Leaves from the Journal of Thomas Bateman of Canbelago Station N. S. W. (1891), combines intimate details of outback life with the portrayal of a Lost Race society of Englishmen who, 150 years earlier, have established a rule-bound but ultimately flexible Utopia in the wilderness. Unusually, the governance of ...


Film (1984). Universal. Directed by Mark L Lester. Written by Stanley Mann, based on Firestarter (1980) by Stephen King. Cast includes Drew Barrymore, Freddie Jones, David Keith, Heather Locklear, George C Scott and Martin Sheen. 114 minutes. Colour. / The novel is not one of King's best, but it hardly deserved this messy adaptation. A young girl, Charlie (Barrymore), has pyrotic powers and can start fires by mental concentration alone. Naturally, a CIA-like organization ("the Shop") wishes ...

Moody Blues, The

UK band formed in Birmingham in the early 1960s by Michael Pinder (1941-    ) and Ray Thomas (1941-2018); they combined rock-pop and orchestral musical idioms to notable and popular effect. The band's second release, the concept-album Days of Future Passed (1967) is not sf, despite its title (it tells the story of a single day – a Tuesday – in the life of an ordinary man). In Search of the Lost Chord (1968) is tinged with Indian mysticism. On the Threshold of 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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