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Whedon, Joss

(1964-    ) US filmmaker, who has also worked to particular impact in television and comics. His father and grandfather had both worked as screenwriters and lyricists, and two brothers and a sister-in-law followed him into the business, often as his co-writers. His first writing jobs were in television, where he wrote episodes for the third season of Roseanne (1989-90) and for the short-lived television version of Parenthood (1990). His first ...

Stark, Raymond

(1919-1983) US author who wrote detective stories as by John Norwood, and in whose Crossroads to Nowhere (1956) an anarchist unsuccessfully confronts an urban Near Future dictatorship before escaping into the wilds, where his kind may survive, and perhaps build a Utopia. [JC]

Shwartz, Susan M

(1949-    ) US author who has been more clearly associated with fantasy than with sf, beginning with her first story, "The Fires of Her Vengeance" in The Keeper's Price (anth 1979) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley, later stories being assembled as Suppose They Gave a Peace and Other Stories (coll 2002). She soon however began to concentrate on extended works like the impressive Heirs to Byzantium ...

Seifert, Christine

(?   -    ) US teacher and author whose in whose Young Adult Dystopia, The Predicteds (2011), told in the first-person narrative present by an adolescent girl who becomes involved in the coercive interpersonal dynamics of a Near Future world where behaviour can be predicted. [JC]

Fugitive Futurist, The

UK short silent film (1924). Subtitled A Q-­riosity by "Q.". Hepworth. Directed and written by Gaston Quiribet. Cast unknown. 12 minutes. Black and white. / As a forlorn gambler mulls over his losses after a day's horse racing, he is approached by a self-proclaimed inventor carrying a package: within, apparently, is a Machine "based on the idea that by amplifying the particular vibrations of the ether, termed vision, one is able to see beyond ...

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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