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Lavers, Norman

(1935-    ) US ornithologist, academic and author whose sf novel, The Northwest Passage (1984), engages in an experiment (see Postmodernism) familiar to readers of the modern novel: the book comprises a "text", complete with a scholarly apparatus which is itself, of course, part of the "text". In this case, a far-future editorial apparatus surrounds (see Ruins and Futurity) the late-twentieth-century scholarly edition of an eighteenth-century manuscript journal recording the ...

Bigfoot and Wildboy

Juvenile tv series (1977-1979). Kroft Entertainment for ABC-TV. Executive producers Sid and Marty Kroft. Producer Donald R Boyle. Directors included Boyle, Irving J Moore, Gordon Wiles. Writers unknown. Cast includes Joseph Butcher, Monica Ramirez, Yvonne Regalado, Ned Romero, Al Wyatt Jr and Ray Young. 20 (or 28) 30-minute episodes. Colour. / In the back-story, Wildboy (Butcher) – no given name revealed – was orphaned as a young child of perhaps seven through an unspecified ...

Brownjohn, Alan

(1931-    ) UK poet, man-of-letters and author, whose poetry – and whose infrequent fiction – is irradiated by a wry, compassionate, occasionally bitter socialist perspective on the course of British history; in this he is like and unlike Philip Larkin, as extensively demonstrated in a sympathetic study, Philip Larkin (1975 chap). His first fiction of sf interest – published in the ebb years of Thatcherism – is The Way You Tell Them: A Yarn of the ...

Saffron, Robert

(1918-1985) US journalist, television screenwriter and author of The Demon Device: A Novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as Communicated to Robert Saffron (1979), a mildly speculative Alternate History set in World War One, with Arthur Conan Doyle sent off by his government to destroy a German secret Weapon; he is successful. [JC]

McGarry, Mark J

(1958-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Acts of Love" (in The Edge of Space, anth 1979, ed Robert Silverberg), whose two novels are Sun Dogs (1981), in which humans and Aliens come to blows over rights over a valuable planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds), and Blank Slate (1984), in which the Uplift-motivated gift by an advanced race of Matter Transmission proves problematic for the human colony planets abandoned decades earlier by Mother ...

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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