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Biss, Gerald

(1876-1922) UK journalist with a particular interest in motoring, and prolific author of serial stories syndicated in many newspapers worldwide, five of which subsequently appeared as hardback thriller novels. In the Checklist below the earliest known serialization venues are given but may not be reliable. Biss's second novel The White Rose Mystery (serialized 1904 as "The White Rose"; 1907) is arguably sf, dealing as it does with a modern-day Jacobite rebellion backed by a foreign power and ...

Bourke, Niall

(1981-    ) Irish teacher, poet and author, in UK for some time, active from around 2015; his first novel, Line (2021), which is set in an abstract but unmistakable Near Future Dystopian world, carries its protagonist, who had spent the first half of the tale in unending queues, from what seems a Purgatory out of Franz Kafka to Nodnol (ie London). The City, and seemingly the planet, is under corporation control; the protagonist's attempts to escape the trammels of the world ...

Brydges, Harold

Working name of UK author James Howard Bridge (1856-1939), in USA from early manhood, whose A Fortnight in Heaven: An Unconventional Romance (1886) conflates sf and the occult in a manner common to much late nineteenth-century work. Able to send his spirit through Time and space, Captain Grizzle visits the planet Jupiter a century hence, finding the civilization there to be an expanded version of life on Earth, with Airships and other evidences of advanced Technology; but the society as a ...

Real Steel

Film (2011). Dreamworks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment present a 21 Laps/Montford Murphy production. Directed by Shawn Levy. Written by John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Jeremy Leven, based on the short story "Steel" (May 1956 F&SF) by Richard Matheson. Cast includes Hope Davis, Olga Fonda, Dakota Goyo, Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Anthony Mackie, James Rebhorn and Karl Yune. 127 minutes. Colour. / A father and son lead a scrapyard Robot to the World Robot Boxing Championship final. / ...

Thomson, K Graham

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel for boys, People of the South Pole (1941), whose young protagonists discover a primitive Lost Race in a clement zone adjacent to the South Pole. They try to teach them civilization. [JC]

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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