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Sweet, Darrell

(1934-2011) American artist, who came to prefer being credited as Darrell K Sweet. As a young adult, Sweet earned a BFA in painting from Syracuse University in 1956 and also served in the military. After working as a freelance artist, including assignments for Reader's Digest, Sweet began painting sf book covers for Ballantine Books in 1974, later shifting to its subsidiary Del Rey Books. From the start, Sweet displayed a talent for painting realistic human figures, sometimes in historical ...

They Came from Outer Space

US tv series (1990-1991). The Finnegan-Pinnchuk Company/MCA Television Entertainment. Syndicated. Created by Tom McLoughlin. Produced by Patricia Finnegan, Sheldon Pinnchuk and Loretta Taub. Directors included Chuck Bowman, Sidney Hayers and Jefferson Kibbee. Writers included Peter I Baloff, McLoughlin and Dave Wollerts. Cast includes Dean Cameron, Christopher Carroll, Stuart Fratkin and Alan Royal. Twenty 42-minute to 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Twin teenage brothers Bo (Cameron) and Abe ...

Creature

US tv mini-series (1998). Hallmark Entertainment Distribution/MGM Television for ABC-TV. Produced by Brent-Karl Clackson. Directed by Stuart Gillard. Written by Rockne S O'Bannon, based on the novel White Shark (1994; vt Creature 1997) by Peter Benchley (1940-2006). Cast includes Kim Cattralls, Colm Feore, Craig T Nelson and Brian Steele. Special effects by Stan Winston. 240 minutes. Colour. / During the Vietnam War, the US Navy attempts to create a living amphibious Weapon by splicing ...

Shefner, Vadim

(1915-2002) Russian author known mostly for his poetry (from circa 1940) and mainstream fiction. Two short novels, "Čelovek s pjatio 'Ne'" (1967 Zvezda nr 4; trans Alice Stone Nakhimovsky and Alexander Nakhimovsky as "The Unman") and Devushka u obryva ili Zapiski Kovrigina ["Kovrigin's Chronicles"] (1964 Literature Rossija nrs 39-44, 46; 1970; trans Antonina W Bouis as "Kovrigin's Chronicles"), were published together as The Unman; Kovrigin's Chronicles (omni 1980). Both are – like ...

Hersey, John

(1914-1993) US author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, born to missionary parents in China where he lived until he was ten; he is perhaps best known for his early book-length essay on the first use of the atomic bomb in warfare, Hiroshima (31 August 1946 The New Yorker; 1946), probably the first text to qualify as a "non-fiction novel", and the most illustrious example of the form. The Child Buyer (1960), a Near-Future story, is told in the form of a courtroom drama where corporations bid ...

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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