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Donaldson, Stephen R

(1947-    ) US author who remains best known for his three formidably ambitious Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever high-fantasy sequences, the first two of which established him as a Fantasy writer of central importance in the 1970s and 1980s [for detailed commentary see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. He was the winner of the John W Campbell Award for most promising new writer in 1979. In Mordant's Need, a fantasy diptych comprising The Mirror of ...

Gakov, Vladimir

Originally the collective pseudonym of Russian authors Vladimir Gopman, Andrei Gavrilov and Mikhail Kovalchuk (VLADIMIR Gopman, Andrei GAvrilov, and Mikhail KOValchuk). For the purposes of this encyclopedia, for whose second edition he revised or wrote many of the entries on Russian sf, including Russia, this is the pseudonym of Kovalchuk writing solo. Russian critic and editor Mikhail (Andreevich) Kovalchuk (1951-    ) is a trained physicist who began publishing sf ...

Fellows, Oscar L

(1943-    ) US author of a Technothriller, Operation Damocles (1998), which edges into sf with its description of a very Near Future orbital superweapon. [JC]


Film (1974). John Boorman Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced, directed and written by John Boorman. Cast includes John Alderton, Sean Connery, Sara Kestelman and Charlotte Rampling. 105 minutes. Colour. / A future society on the Ruined Earth is divided into two regions: the Vortex and the Outlands, separated by an impenetrable Force Field. Within the Vortex live the Eternals – Immortal, possessed of high Technology and given to a decadent aestheticism – while in the ...


US tv series (1988-1991). An Alexander and Ilya Salkind Production, for syndication. Executive producer Ilya Salkind, producer Robert Simmonds. Directors included Reza S Badiyi, Colin Chilvers, Peter Kiwitt, David Grossman, David Nutter, Richard J Lewis. Writers included Fred Freiberger, Cary Bates, Mark Jones, Toby Martin, Michael Carlin and Andrew Helfer, David Gerrold. Three seasons, 78 25-minute episodes in all. Colour. / The Salkinds, who made three of the Superman movies, here ...

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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