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Sleator, William

(1945-2011) US composer and author, in the latter capacity almost exclusively for the Young Adult market. His first novel, The Angry Moon (1970 chap), is a fantasy based on Native American myths. Most of his novels stood alone, though he produced two short series. In the Boxes sequence, comprising Boxes (1998) and Marco's Millions (2001), two mysterious boxes, left in the possession of a young girl with strict instructions that they must not be opened, when inevitably opened do inevitably ...

Messingham, Simon

(?   -    ) UK stage performer and author, in the latter capacity solely of Ties for the Doctor Who universe, beginning with Strange England (1994), his work tending to explore the nature of Doctor Who in his various incarnations. [JC]

Martin, David S

(1913-?   ) UK author whose sf novel is No Lack of Space (1967). [JC/DRL]

McGrady, Rev T

(1863-1907) Irish-born Roman Catholic priest and author, in the US from early adulthood; in Beyond the Black Ocean (1901), a temperate Lost World within the Arctic Circle turns out to comprise an Archipelago (see also Islands) of societies, each founded by refugees from various countries in the outside world, strays from America inhabiting the island of Toadia, and so forth. The original inhabitants of this virtual Pocket Universe are the Lost Tribes of Israel, whose Technology is in advance of ...

mother! [film]

Film (2017). Paramount Pictures presents a Protozoa production. Directed and written by Darren Aronofsky. Cast includes Jovan Adepo, Javier Bardem, Brian Gleeson, Domhall Gleeson, Ed Harris, Jennifer Lawrence, Laurence Leboeuf, Stephen McHattie, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Warren and Kristen Wiig. 121 minutes. Colour. / A woman and her environment are threatened by the fandom of a demiurge. / This allegory of the patriarchal basis of Religion and of the influence of its Linguistic ...

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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