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Defying Gravity

American-Canadian tv series (2009). British Broadcasting Corporation, Fox Television Studios, and Omni Film Productions for CTV, SPACE and ProSieben. Created by James D Parriot. Producers include Michael Chechik and Michael Edelstein. Writers include Parriot, Sheri Elwood, Meredith Lavender, and Marcie Ulin. Directors include Sturla Gunnarsson, David Straiton, Peter Howitt, Fred Gerber, and Jeff Woolnough. Cast includes Ron Livingston as Maddux Donner, Laura Harris as Zoe Barnes, Malik Yoba as ...

Swayne, Martin

Pseudonym of Scottish-born UK psychiatrist and author Henry Maurice Dunlop Nicoll (1884-1953), who otherwise wrote as Maurice Nicoll; he served through World War One as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps at Gallipoli and elsewhere. Some of his stories – like "The Sleep Beam" (March 1918 Strand), in which the eponymous Ray stops the Germans from sleeping and thereby they surrender, and "The Whistling" (October 1918 Lloyd's Magazine), in which it may be something like Gaia making the ...

Sinclair, Linnea

(1954-    ) US journalist, private investigator and author, who has also written as by Megan Sybil Baker; active in Fandom for many years. Some of her titles are straightforward paranormal romances (not listed below); the Wintertide sequence beginning with Wintertide (1999) as by Megan Sybil Baker extends a romance, by not very clear means, into the Far Future. Of more direct sf interest is the Dock Five Universe sequence beginning with Gabriel's Ghost (2002) as by Megan ...

Morrow, James

(1947-    ) US author who lectured and taught in the 1970s, served as a contributing editor to Media and Methods magazine 1978-1980, and produced material for Boston television 1979-1984. His first book was Moviemaking Illustrated: The Comicbook Filmbook (1973). Through the 1980s he produced several textbooks for children, along with at least five children's novels beginning with The Quasar Kids (1987). Unsurprisingly, his first sf novel, The Wine of Violence (1981), shows ...


Highly regarded, if decidedly conservative, sf reprint Anthology sequence edited by Kingsley Amis (whom see) and Robert Conquest. Five volumes, 1964-1966. The fiction is drawn almost entirely from the US magazines, with just two selections from New Worlds. A single exception to the reprints-only rule is Mark Rose's "We Would See a Sign" in Spectrum III: A Third Science Fiction Anthology (anth 1963), a brief, bleak glimpse of Post-Holocaust existence. The verse epigraphs for each volume are by ...

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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