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Poyer, Joe

Working name of US author Joseph John Poyer (1939-2018) for his fiction, beginning in December 1965 with "Mission 'Red Clash'" for Analog, a magazine with which he was closely associated. Of his novels, Operation Malacca (1968), about the use of talking dolphins for military purposes, and North Cape (1969) are Technothrillers. Tunnel War (1979) is an Alternate-History tale involving the 1911 construction of a Channel Tunnel. Poyer has also written novels in other genres. [JC]

Carr, Terry

(1937-1987) US author and editor; married to Carol Carr from 1961 until his death. He became an sf fan in 1949 and, throughout the 1950s (and later), enjoyed a long and prolific career as such; one of his Fanzines, Fanac, co-edited with Ron Ellik, won a Hugo in 1959, and Carr eventually won his second Hugo as Best Fan Writer in 1973. Some of this writing was assembled as The Incompleat Terry Carr, Volume 1 (coll 1972 chap), Fandom Harvest (coll 1986), Between Two Worlds (coll 1986 chap dos) ...

Pan's Labyrinth

Spanish-Mexican film (2006). Original title El laberinto del fauno. Directed and written by Guillermo Del Toro. CafeFX, Esperanto Filmoj, Estudios Picasso, OMM, Sententia Entertainment, Telecinco, Tequila Gang, Wild Bunch. Cast includes Pablo Adán, Álex Angulo, Ivana Baquero, Ariadna Gil, Doug Jones, Sergi López and Maribel Verdú. 119 minutes. Colour. / Long ago, Princess Moanna of the Underworld ascended a spiral staircase to reach the Earth's surface, only to ...

Stangerup, Henrik

(1937-1998) Danish journalist, playwright and author who worked mainly within the tradition of "new realism" prevalent in Denmark during the 1960s; he also wrote historical fiction. His sf novel Manden der ville vaere skyldig (1973; trans David Gress-Wright as The Man Who Wanted to be Guilty 1982) is a Satire assaulting the Dystopian welfare state and the Social Democratic party through the a Near-Future tale of a man who accidentally kills his wife and is treated by the state not as a criminal ...

Oldham, June

(?   -    ) UK author of The Raven Waits (1979), a fantasy about Beowulf; and a Young Adult tale, Foundling (1995; vt Found 1996), set in a Near Future America where fears of Overpopulation have led to punitive controls over reproduction. The young protagonist, exiled to a countryside inhabited by Gothic figures of menace and occasional hope, establishes as expected a kind of family among her fellow rejects from a bad world. [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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