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Zelenyj, Alexander

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose Black Sunshine (2005) surreally depicts a Post-Holocaust world suddenly deprived of all light, a transformation described more colouristically than, but with equivalent effect to, that found in similar Eschatological landscapes in the work of José Saramago and Robert Charles Wilson. Experiments at 3 Billion A M (coll 2009) assembles forty tales, some published here for the first time; the abrupt clarities of his ...

Finney, Jack

Working name of US author Walter Braden Finney (1911-1995), whose career began when he was 35; he published his first work in the genre, "Such Interesting Neighbors" for Collier's Weekly, 6 January 1951. Although he is as well known for sf as for anything else, he did not specialize in the field, adapting his highly professional skills to mysteries and general fiction as well. Stories from his first years as a writer of sf can be found in The Third Level (coll 1957; vt The Clock of Time 1958) ...

Reinganum, Victor

(1907-1995) UK artist associated with British Surrealism (see Illustration) before 1940, as demonstrated in his illustrations for Straw in the Hair: An Anthology of Nonsensical and Surrealist Verse (anth 1938) edited by Denys Kilham Roberts (1903-1976) (see Poetry). Much of his work was for fiction outside the sf field, including most of the early novels, some of fantasy interest, of Muriel Spark [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. Though under-utilized in sf proper, he ...

Kettering Incident, The

Australian tv series (2016). Porchlight Films/Sweet Potato Films. Created by Victoria Madden and Vincent Sheehan. Written by Victoria Madden, with Louise Fox, Andrew Knight and Cate Shortland. Directed by Tony Krawitz and Rowan Woods. Continuing cast (usually all 8 episodes) includes Miranda Bennett, Elizabeth Debicki, Suzi Dougherty, Damon Garneau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Adam Kanneglesser, Matthew Le Nevez, Kevin MacIsaac, Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Sianoa Smit-McPhee. 8 60-minute ...

Day, Langston

(1894-1977) UK author whose Magic Casements (coll 1951) assembles mythological fantasies, and whose The Deep Blue Ice (1960) features the experiences of a Victorian mountaineer who is frozen in ice for half a century, and on revival (see Sleeper Awakes) must face the present day. He also became involved with George de la Warr's "radionics" researches and co-authored New Worlds Beyond the Atom (1956) and Matter in the Making (1966) with de la Warr. [JC/DRL]

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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