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Long, Charles R

(1904-1978) US author whose two routine sf novels are Infinite Brain (1957) and The Eternal Man (1964). Both are filled with action, the first on a distant planet, the second on an Earth where Immortality is shared by both humans and Aliens. [JC]

Van Rjndt, Philippe

Pseudonym of Canadian author Oleg Michaelchuk (1950-    ), who also writes as by Philip Michaels. He is of sf interest for The Trial of Adolf Hitler (1978), an Alternate History tale with Hitler Wins implications, in which Hitler, who had escaped death in World War Two, is brought to trial a quarter of a century later, and reawakens all the old vileness. In Samaritan (1984), a Technothriller, an underlying concern of the previous tale is articulated through a USSR plot to ...

Ponson du Terrail, Pierre-Alexis

(1829-1871) French author, mostly of popular fiction, best known for the character Rocambole, an Antihero who prefigures many similar adventurers who begin their careers as criminals and end up working, usually in secret, to defend society, a list which includes Maurice LeBlanc's Arsène Lupin, Doc Savage, Leslie Charteris's The Saint, and others; the series [not listed below] contains many fantasticated episodes, almost always explained away. After La baronne Trépassée ...

Reign of Fire

Film (2002). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Spyglass Entertainment. Directed by Rob Bowman. Written by Gregg Chabot, Kevin Peterka, Matt Greenberg from a story by Chabot and Peterka. Cast includes Christian Bale, Gerard Butler, Matthew McConaughey, Scott James Moutter and Izabella Scorupco. 102 minutes. Colour. / Underground works in Near Future London wake a long dormant dragon, and soon the world is swarming with them. Twenty years later the Monsters have hunted humans ...

Abnett, Nik

Working name of UK author Nicola Vincent-Abnett (1964-    ), married to Dan Abnett, with whom she collaborated on two Warhammer Ties as Nik Vincent [see Checklist below]. She began publishing solo work of genre interest with "Arm Every Woman" in Crises and Conflicts (anth 2016) edited by Ian Whates. In her first non-tie novel, Savant (2016), something like a buzz of Alternate World realities destabilizes the Shield that has protected Earth from Invasion for centuries. ...

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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