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Janson, Gustaf

(1866-1913) Swedish painter and author, whose pacifist novel, Lögnerna: berättelser om kriget ["The Lies: Tales of the War"] (1912; trans anon as Pride of War 1912), is set mostly in the Turco-Italian war of 1911-1912, but climaxes with a vivid depiction of a Future War in the air as waged by Germany. [JC]


US animated tv series (2009-current). FX/Floyd County Productions. Creator and main writer: Adam Reed. Executive producers: Adam Reed and Matt Thompson. Directors: Bryan Fordney and Adam Reed. Voice cast includes H Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, Chris Parnell, Adam Reed, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter and Lucky Yates. 110 episodes of approximately 22 minutes to date. Colour. / Archer is an Alternate History of sorts, described by its art director as taking place "in a vague, endless ...

Payne, Bernal C, Jr

(1941-    ) US author the protagonists of whose Time Travel novel for Young Adult readers, It's About Time (1984; vt Trapped in Time 1986), travels back to 1955 where they meet their parents as teenagers. The future children of their marriage must ensure it takes place. The slightly later Back to the Future, released 1985, was conceived independently. The Late Great Dick Hart (1986) is an afterlife fantasy; Experiment in Terror (1987) is horror. [JC]

Ruocchio, Christopher

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose Sun Eater sequence beginning with Empire of Silence (2018) and Howling Dark (2019) ambitiously invokes former versions of the long-breathed dynastic epic set in the context of the Galactic Empire. Earlier writers and their work conspicuously addressed include Gordon R Dickson, whose Dorsai series features a central protagonist with similar skills and family-romance complications; Frank Herbert, whose Dune series provides ...

Weinbaum, Stanley G

(1902-1935) US author whose interest in sf dated from his youth (he published "The Lost Battle" in a school magazine, The Mercury, in December 1917; it forecasts that World War One will end in 1921) but who did not begin to publish sf professionally until the 1930s, after selling a romance novel – "The Lady Dances" (1934 in various King Features Syndicate newspapers) as by Marge Stanley – to a newspaper syndicate, and after a first sf novel, «The Mad Brain», had been ...

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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