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Kelly, John

(?   -?   ) South African author of a Future War tale, The Coming Revolt of the Transvaal (1891 chap), in which England invades South Africa in 1894. [JC]

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future

Canadian/US tv series (1987-1988). The Landmark Entertainment Group/Mattel/Ventura Pictures, Inc. Syndicated. Created by Gary Goddard and Anthony Christopher. Developed for television by J Michael Straczynski and Mark Scott Zicree. Directors include Otta Hanus, Jorge Montesi and Douglas Williams. Writers include Gerry Davis, Larry DiTillio, Michael Reaves, Straczynski, Marv Wolfman and Zicree. Cast includes Todd Dillman, Timothy Dunigan, Bruce Gary, David Hemblen, Peter MacNeill, Jessica Steen, ...

Murray, Alfred

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Old French Professor; Or, the Tragedy of the Cafe Bertin (1907) whose eponym, something of a Mad Scientist, hopes to apply his Invention, a Weapon that uses radio waves to wreak destruction, in the imposition of world peace; unfortunately, he destroys a restaurant, and himself, first. [JC]

Crowley, John

(1942-    ) US teacher and author who has also worked in documentary films and television since 1966. His sf novels have had a considerable impact on the field, and his fantasies have established him as a figure whose work markedly stretches the boundaries of genre literature. / His first novel, The Deep (1975), is set on a flat discworld resting on a pillar that extends beyond measurement into the circumambient galactic Deep, in which very few stars are visible. On this ...

Coggins, Jack

(1911-2006) US illustrator of many subjects. Born in London of UK parents, he moved with his family as a child to Long Island. In due course he attended the Grand Central School of Art and the Art Students League, both in New York. During World War Two he was a war artist for Life magazine and others including Yank, The Army Weekly; from this was born the first of several collaborations with Fletcher Pratt, Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy (graph 1941). He illustrated and cowrote with Pratt ...

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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