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Lester, Horace Frank

(1853-1896) Indian-born lawyer and journalist, in UK from an early age, associated with Punch from 1878 until his death; of sf interest is his Future War tale, The Taking of Dover (1888 chap) as H F Lester, in which France mounts a dishonourable but successful Invasion of England. The tale is notable for its early supposition that England may be defeated through subterfuge – five French regiments, in civilian garb, infiltrate Dover – rather than manly assault. [JC]

Small Wonder

US tv series (1985-1989). Metromedia Productions, 20th Century Fox Television. Syndicated. Produced by Howard Leeds, Budd Grossman, Jean Hester, Bruce Taylor. Directors included Peter Baldwin, Linda Day, Leslie H Martinson. Writers included Dick Christie, Donald Ross, David Silverman. Cast includes William Bogart, Tiffany Brissette, Dick Christie, Alice Ghostley, Edie McClurg (first season only), Marla Pennington, Emily Schulman and Jerry Suprian. 96 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Howard ...

Reynolds, Philip

Pseudonym of an unidentified French author (1916-?   ) whose sf novel, "Ce pourrait se passe comme ca" (1950 Ce Matin; trans Joseph F McCrindle as When and If 1952; vt It Happened Like This 1953), describes World War Three between the West and Soviet Russia in considerable detail, much of the narrative following Future War conventions where battles tend to be described minutely; nuclear weapons are eventually used, causing the destruction of London and New York and much of the ...

Eklund, Gordon

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Dear Aunt Annie" in Fantastic for April 1970, though he also published considerable fan fiction (see Fandom), all of which was collected as Eklundia Stories: The Complete Fan Fiction of Gordon Eklund (coll 2013). In the early and most prolific years of his career he published dozens of stories in sf magazines, much of this work being assembled in the Selected Stories sequence comprising Second Creation ...

Watling, George

(?   -    ) UK author of Claughton's Curtain (1994), a Technothriller set in the Near Future as the Cold War resumes with both sides attempting to create a perfect radiation shield (see Weapons), behind the shelter of which they can destroy the rest of the 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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