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Jay, Peter

(1937-    ) UK author, economist and former diplomat who served as the UK Ambassador to the USA 1977-1979. His Future History Apocalypse 2000: Economic Breakdown and the Suicide of Democracy (1987) with Michael Stewart, was inefficient as fiction but acute about the pleasures and miseries of late capitalism, which is portrayed as being consumed by debt; the Predictions of Far Eastern financial ruin and international irrelevance were, on the other hand, imperceptive. [JC]

Popular Science Fiction

Australian thin (64pp) Digest-size saddle-stapled magazine. Six issues, undated but July 1953 to March 1955, published by Frew Publications, Sydney; editor not named, but Ronald Forster. It published primarily reprints from US pulps but included some new Australian material by Norma K Hemming and, surprisingly, by US authors, particularly in the final issue which was almost all new material, by Sam Sackett, Jim Harmon and Louis Moore. In 1967 Page Publications, Sydney reprinted issues #4 and #6 ...

Etheridge, Rutledge

(1949-2017) US author who served in the US Navy on nuclear submarines; his first professional sale, at the age of seven, was a poem for Look magazine in 1956. He is of sf interest for two energetic adventure series: the Duelist sequence, beginning with Legend of the Duelist (1993), which is Military SF featuring bounty hunters who plan to exploit an outbreak of interstellar War; and the Agent sequence, beginning with Agent of Destruction (1996), which features a teenage girl spy who thwarts ...

Hansen, Karl

(1950-    ) US author who began publishing sf with "The Killers" (September 1975 Analog) and "A Red, White and Blue Fourth of July" in 2076: The American Tricentennial (anth 1976) edited by Edward Bryant, and who published stories fairly frequently in the late 1970s and 1980s. His first novel, War Games (as "Sergeant Pepper" in The Berkley Showcase: New Writings in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Vol. 1, anth 1980, ed Victoria Schochet and John Silbersack; exp 1981), is a ...

Blindness

Film (2008). Focus Features International presents an Alliance Films, Fox Filmes do Brasil, GAGA Communications, Asmik Ace Entertainment, Mikado, IFF/CNV, Téléfilm Canada, Ancine and Potboiler Productions production in association with TV Limited, Corus Entertainment, Fiat, BNDES and Cinema Investment with Rhombus Media, O2 Filmes and Bee Vine Pictures. Directed by Fernando Meirelles. Written by Don McKellar, adapted from the novel Ensaio sobre a cegueira (1995; trans Giovanni ...

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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