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Yates, Dornford

Pseudonym of UK lawyer and author Cecil William Mercer (1885-1960), Saki's first cousin; in active service during World War One, 1914-1917, and in World War Two; in France and Africa from the early 1920s. Some short stories in his well-known and once very popular Berry sequence of English social comedies contain fantasy elements, including dowsing (see ESP), dream-portents and Precognition; some titles in the linked Chandos thriller sequence have a Ruritanian air. Both Anthony Lyveden (1921) ...

Paycheck

Film (2003). Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present a Davis Entertainment Company/Lion Rock production in association with Solomon/Hackett Productions. Directed by John Woo. Written by Dean Georgaris, based on "Paycheck" (June 1953 Imagination) by Philip K Dick. Cast includes Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Paul Giamatti and Uma Thurman. 119 minutes. Colour. / Michael Jennings (Affleck) makes a living as an engineer by performing illegal jobs and then having his memories of the ...

Biggle, Lloyd, Jr

(1923-2002) US author and musicologist, with a PhD in musicology from the University of Michigan on the music of the medieval Flemish composer Antoine Brumel. His interest in Music and the other Arts, perhaps watered down more than necessary in an effort to make such concerns palatable to his readers, can be detected throughout his sf, which he began to publish with "Gypped" for Galaxy in July 1956. His first novel, The Angry Espers (August 1959 Amazing as "A Taste of Fire"; rev with cuts ...

Myers, Edward

(1950-    ) US author whose sf/fantasy sequence – the Mountain Made of Light comprising The Mountain Made of Light (1992), Fire and Ice (1992) and The Summit (1994) – interestingly revises long-outmoded Lost Race conventions. Though it is primarily set in the 1920s, and though fantasy elements increasingly dominate in later volumes, the trilogy is of sf as a demonstration of the extent to which seemingly dead forms can, on re-thinking, serve contemporary needs. ...

Brown, Douglas

(1907-1976) UK journalist, foreign correspondent and author of sf significance for Loss of Eden: A Cautionary Tale (1940; vt If Hitler Comes: A Cautionary Tale 1941) with Christopher Serpell, a strong Hitler Wins tale, presented as the witness manuscript of a contemporary New Zealander discovered much later in Wellington, New Zealand after a volcano has destroyed that city. The opening deliberately replicates Gustave Doré's famous image of a future New Zealander gazing upon the ruins of ...

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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