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Hantke, Steffen

(1962-    ) German academic, MA and PhD in American Studies at Philipps University, Marburg, with a professional life in the US 1989-2003 and subsequently in South Korea. He began to publish genre-related articles in academic journals in the mid-1990s, first primarily on writers associated with the fantastic ranging from Kathe Koja and Michael Blumlein to Jack O'Connell and Geoff Ryman. With a shift from literature to Cinema, this interest is also reflected in Hantke's ...

Bradshaw, William R

(1851-1927) Irish-born editor and author, in the US from 1883, whose The Goddess of Atvatabar: Being the History of the Discovery of the Interior World and Conquest of Atvatabar (1892) is set in a Symmesian Hollow Earth with an interior sun shining vertically overhead: "See how the shadow of every man surrounds his boots!". In his introduction, Julian Hawthorne asserts that romances like Bradshaw's will rightly soon supplant novels in the realistic tradition represented by Émile Zola. ...


US tv series (1972-1973). Warner Brothers Television for NBC-TV. Series created by Leslie Stevens. Produced by Robert H Justman, Anthony Spinner. Directors included Russ Mayberry, Allen Reisner, Philip Leacock. Writers included Robert C Dennis, Brad Radnitz, Michael R Stein. Cast includes Anthony Franciosa, Doug McClure, Burgess Meredith and Hugh O'Brian. One 100-minute pilot film entitled Probe, plus 23 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This sf detective series is an example of "spy-fi" ...

Cyrano de Bergerac

The form of his name under which French soldier and author Hector Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac (1619-1655) is best known. He fought with the Gascon Guard but retired after sustaining bad wounds. He is famous as the hero of a play by Edmond Rostand (1868-1918), Cyrano de Bergerac (performed 1897; 1898; trans Gladys Thomas and Mary E Guillemard 1898), which made legends of his swordsmanship and the size of his nose. Parts only of his major work of Proto SF – the manuscript of which was ...

Ingalls, Rachel

(1940-2019) US-born author, in the UK from 1965, most of whose work balances in edgy Equipoise between sharp social comedy and Fabulation or Fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. At least two of her short novels are of sf interest: Theft (1970 chap; exp as coll, vt Theft; And, the Man Who Was Left Behind 1970) tells the story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (whose name does not appear) in terms that imply (but do not assert) that the events recounted could be taking ...

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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