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Smith, Robert Arthur

(1944-    ) UK-born author, in Canada from an early age; he is of sf interest for The Kramer Project (1975), a Near Future Technothriller describing in a Cold War frame a conflict between the Russians and the West over the Invention of a serum capable of raising Intelligence, though with unknown ...

Nebo Zovyot

Film (1959; vt The Sky Calls; vt The Heavens Call). A P Dovzenko Filmstudio. Directed by Mikhail Karzhukov and Aleksandr Kozyr. Written by Mikhail Karzhukov, Yevgeni Pomeshchikov, and Aleksei Sazanov. Cast includes Konstantin Bartashevich, V Chernyak, S Filimonov, Ivan Pereverzev, Aleksandr Shvorin and Gurgen Tonuuts. 120 minutes. Drastically cut with added footage as Battle Beyond the Sun (1962). / This unheralded masterpiece of the ...

Betchov, Robert

(1919-1996) American academic and author, whose The Year of the Spiatnik: A Novel (1975) describes Future War and its guardedly hopeful outcome. [JC]

Pearce, Howard D

(1931-2004) US scholar of fantastic literature who also wrote as H D Pearce. He co-edited The Scope of the Fantastic [see Checklist for subtitle] (anth 1985) with Robert A Collins, being the collected papers from the inaugural International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (1980-current); and also co-edited the later volume Forms of the Fantastic [see Checklist for subtitle] (anth 1986) with Jan Hokenson. [DRL]

Shattuck, William

(1864-1946) US author of The Keeper of the Salamander's Order: A Tale of Strange Adventure in Unknown Climes (1895), a Fantastic Voyage story whose protagonist, accompanied by demons and other creatures, visits strange lands and Islands, encountering at least one Lost Race en route. The author handles much of this material with an unsubtle Satirical brush. ...

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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