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Sawyer, Walter Leon

(1862-1915) US journalist and author, usually for younger readers; the Jack Lorimer series, all as by Winn Standish, focused on sporting feats. Of sf interest is An Outland Journey (1896), in which a young lad finds himself in "Fairyland", which takes the form, strictly (if absurdly), of a rule-bound Utopia. But it is all a dream. [JC]

Stephenson, Andrew M

(1946-    ) Venezuelan-born (of UK parents) author, electronics design engineer and, signing himself Ames, a magazine and book illustrator; in the UK from childhood. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Holding Action" for Analog in November 1971, but then released only one more story before his first novel. In Nightwatch (1977), fortifications are constructed in space against an assumed alien Invasion which proves to be a friendly First Contact. The Wall of ...

Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest

Animated made-for-tv film (1997; vt Batman/Superman Adventures: World's Finest). Warner Brothers Animation for Warner Brothers Television. Produced by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini and Bruce W Timm. Directed by Toshihiko Masuda. Written by Burnett, Dini, Stan Berkowitz, Rich Fogel and Steve Gerber. Cast includes Clancy Brown, Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Lisa Edelstein, Mark Hamill and Arleen Sorkin. 64 minutes. Colour. / The Joker (Hamill) and his girlfriend Dr Harleen Quinzel/Harley ...

Parker, E Frank

(?   -    ) UK industrial research chemist, editor of the Fanzine Beyond, and author of a short Space Opera, Girl in Trouble (August 1943 Beyond as "The Stolen Spaceship"; 1944 chap). [JC]

Pocket Universe

A term first used in a restricted sense by Murray Leinster in "Pocket Universes" (October 1946 Thrilling Wonder), where it is a "contrivance" rather than an encompassing world. It might broadly be said that the inhabitant of any constricted environment lives in a pocket universe, whether as a child, a prisoner, a victim of dementia, a chained watcher in Plato's cave, a resident of Hell or an inhabitant of the world inside Pantagruel's mouth. It might also be suggested that the dynamic moment of ...

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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