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Riker, L S

(?   -    ) US author of the Swag sequence, comprising Swag Town (1992) and Full Clip (1992), set in a Near Future New York marked by Decadence and excess; the protagonist, a freelance hood, gets in deeper and deeper trouble. [JC]

Anders, Charlie Jane

(?   -    ) US editor, performance artist and author, her early stories being signed Charles Anders, then Charlie Anders. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Skin Switch" in Maelstrom Speculative Fiction for January 1999 as Charles Anders; her shorter work includes The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model (11 August 2010; 2011 ebook), Six Months, Three Days (June 2011; 2011 ebook) – which won a Hugo as best novelette – ...

Owen, Eric R

(?   -?   ) UK film director, cameraman and author, active from about 1918 in the cinema, primarily with Gaumont British News and British Movietone News 1933-1947. He is credited with the publication of several novels, perhaps some of them pseudonymous as none have been identified beyond Dr Zollinoff's Revenge: A Mystery and Detective Novel (1937). The eponymous Mad Scientist of this efficient tale uses his ability to control others through Hypnosis during the ...

Merrill, Albert Adams

(1873-1952) US airplane designer, founder of the Boston Aeronautical Society in 1894, a solo pilot from 1911; a wind tunnel, built according to his specifications at Caltech in the 1940s, was dedicated to him in 1950. He is the author of a well-known Utopia, The Great Awakening: The Story of the Twenty-Second Century (1899), in which a nineteenth-century American, reincarnated into the body of a man named Pangloss (see Identity Transfer; Voltaire) is guided through the Technological wonderland ...

Greatest American Hero, The

US tv series (1981-1983). Created by Stephen J Cannell. Stephen J Cannell Productions. ABC Television network. Produced by Alex Beaton, Babs Greyhosky, and others. Directors included Chuck Bowman, Bruce Kessler, Arnold Laven and Christian I Niby II. Scriptwriters included Rudolph Borchert, Cannell, Patrick Hasburgh and Frank Lupo. Cast includes Robert Culp, Jesse D Goins, Faye Grant, William Katt, Michael Paré and Connie Sellecca. 43 50-minute episodes. Colour. / The name given the ...

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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