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Wilson, Theodora Wilson

(1865-1941) UK teacher and author, active in the latter capacity from about 1900. She was born a Quaker, and with the onset of World War One returned to that faith. Of interest is The Last Weapon: A Vision (1916), in which sf and fantasy modes intermix: the eponymous Weapon, known as Hellite, is capable of destroying anything it touches. Perhaps in order to make use of it as a doomsday device, the man responsible for its Invention threatens to pass the formula on to the enemy, clearly Germany. ...

Williams, Walter Jon

(1953-    ) US author whose first works were nautical tales as by Jon Williams, beginning with The Privateer (1981), non of them fantastic. He began to publish sf with Ambassador of Progress (1984), an unexceptional novel (but see Women in SF) in which a female agent whose mission is to revive civilization makes contact with an abandoned, semi-feudal colony planet. Knight Moves (1985) describes the attempts of an immensely powerful Immortal and his old friends and enemies to ...

Laserblast

Film (1978). Irwin Yablans. Produced by Charles Band. Directed by Michael Rae. Written by Franne Schacht, Frank Ray Perilli. Cast includes Kim Milford, Gianni Russo and Cheryl Smith. 80 minutes. Colour. / In this ill-made, low-budget exploitation movie a miserable teenager finds in the desert an amulet and a laser left by Aliens. The amulet makes his eyes glow red; taken over by the alien persona, he revenges himself with the laser Weapon on people who pick on him, also exploding many cars ...

Most Dangerous Man in the World, The

Film (1969; vt The Chairman). Apjac/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by J Lee Thompson. Written by Ben Maddow, based on The Most Dangerous Man in the World (1970) by Jay Richard Kennedy. Cast includes Anne Heywood, Arthur Hill, Gregory Peck and Conrad Yama. 104 minutes. Colour. / A distinguished Scientist (Peck) has a transmitter implanted in his head and is sent to China with the object of convincing Chairman Mao that he is a political defector. It is hoped he will learn the formula of a ...

Critical and Historical Works About SF

This entry restricts itself to works which generalize about sf, and only in passing mentions books or articles about specific authors or themes (for which see relevant entries). / The range and sophistication of sf studies have expanded greatly. Before 1970 very little useful material was available, but since then, and especially during the 1980s, the publication of secondary materials on sf has become an industry. Dorothy Scarborough's thesis The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction ...

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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