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Bagley, John

(1908-1989) UK author, an active local historian who concentrated on Merseyside and Lancashire; Wasp-Waisted Arabella (1936) is an sf novel about longevity (see Immortality) with humorous intent (see She). [JC]


Pseudonym of Icelandic singer-songwriter, poet and author Sigurjón Birgir Sigurðsson (1962-    ), who has performed with the rock band The Sugarcubes as Johnny Triumph, and with Björk under his own name; he has been active as a poet since the later 1970s, beginning to publish prose fiction a decade later with Stálnótt ["Night of Steel"] (1987), where Icelandic Mythology and rock (see Music; SF Music) "speak" to one another. The exploration and ...

Doc Weir Award

Award for services to Fandom, voted on and presented annually at the UK Eastercon since 1963 in memory of the then recently deceased fan Arthur Rose "Doc" Weir (?   -1961) and his activities. The award takes the form of a silver cup engraved with the names of past winners; all available space on the cup itself having been used, winners are now commemorated on silver plates attached to its storage box. The cup is held by the current winner for a year and then passed to the next. ...

Blommedaal, Laurens J

(1956-    ) Dutch-born UK author whose The Desperado of the Metal (1991) follows the adventures of a Cyberpunk protagonist through a noir Near Future Britain on the brink of extinction. [JC]


US tv series (2017-2019). Gilbert Productions / Anonymous Content / Gate 34 / MRC / Starz Originals, distributed by Starz! Created by Justin Marks. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Charlotte Brändström, Hanelle M Culpepper, Lukas Ettlin, Jennifer Getzinger, Justin Marks, Charles Martin, Alik Sakharov, Morten Tyldum and Stephen Williams. Written by Marks; other writers are Amy Berg, Justin Britt-Gibson, Maegan Houang, Erin Levy, Maria Melnik, Tom Pabst, Zak Schwartz and Gianna Sobol. ...

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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