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Faust, Joe Clifford

(1957-    ) US copywriter and author who began publishing sf with "The Jackalope's Tale" for Wyoming Rural Electric News in 1983. His first novel, A Death of Honor (1987), is an sf mystery set in a twenty-first century moderately displaced in the direction of Cyberpunk, where a Constitutional Amendment has entitled victims of crime to pursue the perpetrators; the mystery itself is worked out with extremely satisfying care. His second novel, The Company Man (1988), enters ...

Day the Earth Stood Still, The

1. Film (1951). Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Edmund H North, based on "Farewell to the Master" (October 1940 Astounding) by Harry Bates. Cast includes Sam Jaffe, Hugh Marlowe, Patricia Neal and Michael Rennie. 92 minutes. Black and white. / Produced at the beginning of the sf boom of the 1950s, this is generally regarded as a classic, though its ethics might be regarded as intemperate; it is, however, directed with pace and impressive economy. An emissary from ...

Sambury, Liselle

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose first novel, the Young Adult Blood Like Magic (2021), Equipoisally plunges its teenage protagonist, who lives and works in a high-tech Near Future Toronto, into a world of Magic complexly involving a curse upon her family. [JC]

Black, Pansy E

(1890-1957) US stenographer and short story author, born Pansy Ellen Beach, whose two stories for Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series are located in Australia. The Valley of the Great Ray (1930 chap) is a Lost Race tale set in the desert, while The Man from the Meteor (1932 chap) features invading Aliens who also hole up in the Australian interior. In each case, Rays destroy the hidden civilization. [JC]

Asterley, H C

(1902-1973) UK author of one 1930s detective novel with no element of the fantastic and of Escape to Berkshire (1961), set in a Post-Holocaust London after a nuclear war and an Invasion have destroyed English decencies; the tales uncertainly conveys echoes of H G Wells and John Wyndham at their grimmest, but ends in hope. [JC]

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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