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Hillgarth, Alan

(1899-1978) UK soldier, intelligence officer – rising in that capacity to Chief of British Naval Intelligence, Eastern Theatre – and author, whose fifth novel, The Black Mountain (1933), is a Near Future tale of revolution and politics in Bolivia, with a Lost Race element conveyed through the charismatic young protagonist's mysterious teacher, perhaps a Secret Master representing the long-hidden line of true Indian civilization in South America. [JC]

Bakker, R Scott

(1967-    ) Canadian author whose early work was Fantasy, but who has more recently published some sf work. The complex ongoing fantasy enterprise – which, under the overall title of The Second Apocalypse, comprises two series, the Prince of Nothing sequence beginning with The Darkness That Comes Before (2003) and the Aspect-Emperor sequence beginning with The Judging Eye (2008) – ambitiously sets various families and Hero figures at one another's throats in an ...

Fagan, H A

(1889-1963) South African judge and author, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Africa 1956-1959, whose writing career in Afrikaans extended from before 1914 to the year of his death. In his sf novel Ninya: A Fantasy of a Strange Little World (1956), which was first published in English, survivors of a crash landing on the far side of the Moon a century hence encounter many strange adventures of an emblematic nature reminiscent of C S Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet (1938) and its ...

Orwell, George

Pseudonym of Indian-born UK author Eric Arthur Blair (1903-1950), briefly but intensely in the early 1940s the partner of Inez Holden; much of his best work was contained in his impassioned journalism and essays, assembled in the four volumes of The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell (each coll 1968). His fiction and extended social criticism, as in Down and Out in Paris and London (1933), also demonstrates his general good sense and the intense clarity of his mind. Two ...


Film (1990). Palace/Millimeter/A Wicked Films Production. Directed by Richard Stanley. Written by Stanley, based (it was admitted after a threatened lawsuit) on a 1980 Judge Dredd story. Cast includes William Hootkins, John Lynch, Dylan McDermott and Stacey Travis. 94 minutes, but many prints shortened to avoid adults-only rating. Colour. / In a radioactive City in an apparently Post-Holocaust near future, a dope-smoking sculptress is given a military robot's head to incorporate into a ...

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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