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Charles, Neil

A House Name used by Curtis Warren for sf novels written by Brian Holloway, Denis Hughes and John W Jennison. [JC/DRL]

Yefremov, Ivan

(1908-1972) Russian palaeontologist and author, a leading figure in the renaissance of Soviet sf (see Russia); his surname has also been transliterated as Efremov. He began writing "geographical" sf on a modest scale in the 1940s, assembling his early work in Vstretcha Nad Tuskaroroi (coll 1944; trans M and N Nicholas as A Meeting Over Tuscarora; And Other Adventure Stories 1946), Piat' Rumbo ["Five Wind's Quarters"] (coll 1944) and elsewhere. Some of the contents of the first volume overlap ...

Foster, Sesshu

(1957-    ) US poet and author, much of whose poetry has focused on the political and cultural implications of his Japanese-American heritage; of sf interest is Atomik Aztec (2005), within whose gonzo riffs can be detected an Alternate History novel in which the Aztec nation, having long before defeated the invading Europeans, is engaged, during a different version of World War Two, in the defence of Russia against the invading Nazis. There are many additional plot strands. ...

Harris, Mark Jonathan

(1941-    ) US documentary film maker, academic and author, in the latter capacity of interest for a Young Adult tale, Solay (1993), in which a young girl's life is transformed after she meets an Alien, who is also a girl. [JC]

Vampire, The

Film (1957; vt Mark of the Vampire). Gramercy Pictures. Produced by Arthur Gardner, Arnold Laven, and Jules V Levy. Directed by Paul Landres. Written by Pat Fielder from her original story. Cast includes John Beal, Coleen Gray, Dabbs Greer (Dr Will Beaumont) and Kenneth Toby. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Small-town doctor Paul Beecher (Beal) is entrusted with an experimental Drug developed from the blood of vampire bats by a colleague, just before this friend dies from the drug's effects. ...

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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