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Nisbet, Hugh A

(?   -    ) UK author for Robert Hale Limited of Farewell to Krondahl (1980), a routine Space Opera. [JC]

Running Man, The

Film (1987). Taft Entertainment/Keith Barish Productions. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser. Written by Steven E De Souza, based on The Running Man (1982) by Richard Bachman (Stephen King). Cast includes Maria Conchita Alonso, Richard Dawson and Arnold Schwarzenegger. 101 minutes. Colour. / In a near-future, semi-totalitarian, economically crippled USA, a framed cop (Schwarzenegger) is forced to star in the top-rating television game show The Running Man, in which "criminals" are tracked by ...

Wicks, Mark

(?   -?   ) UK author whose To Mars Via the Moon: An Astronomical Story (1911) recounts the construction of a Spaceship capable of taking its bereaved solitary builder first to the Moon and then to Mars, which is described in accordance with the theories of Percival Lowell; here he finds a Utopia, and the Reincarnation of his dead son. He remains on Mars. [JC/PN]

Castier, Jules

(1888-1957) French translator and author, translator of English texts into French, including Aldous Huxley's Brave New World (1932), and vice versa. Written in English, his collection of Parodies of well-known authors, Rather Like ... Some Endeavours to Assume the Mantles of the Great ... With a Publisher's Note Embodying the Opinions of the Great (coll 1920), includes Arthur Conan Doyle and H G Wells among its targets. [JC]

Mitchell-Hedges, F A

(1882-1959) UK adventurer and author whose Lost Race novel, The White Tiger (1931), features the discovery of a living Aztec civilization in Mexico. Much of Mitchell-Hedges's nonfiction is colourful, including the narrative of his discovery of a "Crystal Skull", or "Skull of Doom" in Mayan ruins, 17,000 years old, very potent. Steven Spielberg's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) makes distant use of this artefact. [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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