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Verhoeven, Paul

(1938-    ) Dutch filmmaker whose long career began in 1960 when he was still a student in Leiden, where he studied to Master's level in mathematics and physics. He refined his craft through the sixties, particularly in a documentary produced during his national service and on the iconic Dutch television series Floris (1968), where he made a star of the young Rutger Hauer. In the seventies he emerged as a major, if notorious, director of provocative sexually-themed features ...

Lake, David J

(1929-2016) Indian-born UK academic and author who emigrated to Australia in 1967; his education (a Jesuit school in India, a BA in English at Cambridge, a diploma in linguistics and a PhD in English) is reflected in the texture of his sf work, as is his teaching in Vietnam, Thailand and India (1959-1967). After several works of criticism, including the strongly argued, somewhat controversial The Canon of Thomas Middleton's Plays (1975) and a volume of poetry, Hornpipes and Funerals (coll ...

Myers, John J

(1941-2020) US Catholic cleric, ultimately Archbishop of Newark 2001-2016, who collaborated with his friend (since childhood) Gary K Wolf on the short story "The Unhardy Boys in Outer Space" (in Amityville House of Pancakes, Volume 3, anth 2006, ed Pete S Allen) using the pseudonym Jehane Baptiste; the tale is set on the International Space Station. His second collaboration with Wolf, this time writing as Archbishop John J Myers, was the retro Space Opera Space Vulture (2008), written in ...

Goron, Marie-François

(1847-1933) French soldier from 1865, and police officer from 1881, eventually head of the Sûreté, best known for Les Memoires de M Goron: Ancien Chef de la Sûreté ["Memoires of Monsieur Goron: Former Head of the Sûreté"] (1897). With Émile Gautier, he wrote the Fleur de Bagne sequence – Fleur de Bagne, roman contemporain (1901 Le Journal; 1902 3vols; trans Brian Stableford as Spawn of the Penitentiary: Volume 1: From Devil's Island to the ...

Ballard, S M

(?   -    ) US author, about whom nothing is known beyond his being credited with two volumes in the G I Joe series of Comics-based violent adventures (see below). [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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