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Paterson, Arthur Elliott

(1920-2010) US journalist and author whose Venus: One World Nearer Paradise? (1961) describes the first Space Flight to Venus. [JC]

Smith, E E

(1890-1965) US food chemist specializing in doughnut mixes, and author, often called the "Father of Space Opera"; because Hugo Gernsback appended "PhD" to Smith's name for his contributions to Amazing from 1928, he also became known as "Doc" Smith. Greatly influential in US Pulp-magazine sf between 1928 and about 1945, he found his reputation fading somewhat after the end of ...


Latin rendering of the surname of French astrologer, physician and author Michel de Nostredame (1503-1566) who is of Proto SF interest primarily for his book-length poem Les Prophéties (1555; exp 1557; further exp 1568; best trans Richard Siburth as The Prophecies 2012) [for further editions see Checklist below], a non-systematic but immensely influential assemblage of linked quatrains, ultimately 942 of them grouped ...

Wolf's Call, The

French film (2019; original title Le Chant du Loup). Pathé, Trésor Films, Chi-Fou-Mi Productions, Les Productions Jouror. Directed and written by Antonin Baudry. Cast includes Paula Beer, Jean-Yves Berteloot, François Civil, Reda Kateb, Mathieu Kassovitz, Alexis Michalik, Omar Sy. 115 minutes. / Savant "acoustic warfare analyst" Chanteraide (Civil) hesitates in a tense confrontation ...

V for Vendetta

1. UK/US Comic-book series (1982-1989), later collected as the Graphic Novel V for Vendetta (graph 1990), scripted by Alan Moore and mostly illustrated by David Lloyd. This groundbreaking series pitted a Guy Fawkes-mask-wearing anarchist hero (the titular "V") against the fascist regime of a Near-Future Dystopian UK, ...

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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