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Strike, Jeremy

Pseudonym of US author Thomas Edward Renn (1939-2000), author of an Space Opera, A Promising Planet (1970 dos), set on a potential colony planet whose reigning deity (see Religion) will have no truck with Imperialism. [JC]

Hailey, Arthur

(1920-2004) UK author, in Canada from 1947, best known for heavily researched novels, like Hotel (1965) and Airport (1968), where an insider intimacy adds frisson to numerous crises; of sf interest is In High Places (1962), a Near Future tale whose focus of intimacy is (uncommonly) the Canadian federal government, and upon the Prime Minister's response to a nuclear war. [JC]

Grogan, Gerald

(1884-1918) Scottish author who served in World War One from as early as 1915; he was killed in 1918. His sf novel, A Drop in Infinity (1915), carries its unwilling protagonists Jack Thorpe and Marjorie Matthews via a Mad Scientist's Dimensional portal into an empty but congenial Parallel World.There is some discussion of a potential Multiverse of such worlds, each slightly different from the next, though the mad experimenter has found most of them dangerous and retained access only to two. In ...

Making Mr Right

Film (1987). Orion. Directed by Susan Seidelman. Written by Floyd Byars, Laurie Frank. Cast includes Ann Magnuson and John Malkovich. 98 minutes. Colour. / The cold, rational, shy Scientist played by Malkovich has designed, in his own image, Ulysses the Android (actually in part a Robot), also played by Malkovich, for use as a space pilot. Public-relations expert Frankie (Magnuson), whose love affair with an "unreconstructed" politician is coming to an end, has the task of "humanizing" ...

Grant, Donald M

(1927-2009) US Small-Press publisher whose imprints were the Grandon Company (formerly the Hadley Publishing Company, renamed after its buy-out by Grant) and, later, Donald M Grant Publisher. He published and co-compiled the early Bibliography "333": A Bibliography of the Science-Fantasy Novel (1953 chap) with Joseph H Crawford Jr (1932-    ) and James J Donahue, with assistance by Joseph W Bateman and J Lloyd Eaton (see J Lloyd Eaton Collection); "333" is a central document ...

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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