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Grip [2]

Pseudonym of the unidentified UK author (?   -?   ) of The Monster Municipality, or Gog and Magog Reformed: A Dream (1882), a Dystopian prediction that socialist reforms will torture England in 1885; and How John Bull Lost London, or The Capture of the Channel Tunnel (1882), one of the earlier Future-War novels – if not the earliest – to warn against a tunnel connecting the UK to an aggressive France, whose initially successful Invasion here results in ...

Day the World Ended

Film (1955). Golden State Productions/American Releasing Corporation. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Lou Rusoff. Creatures designed by Paul Blaisdell. Cast includes Paul Birch, Paul Blaisdell (uncredited), Mike Connors (credited as Touch Connors), Richard Denning, Adele Jergens and Lori Nelson. Narrator: Chet Huntley. 81 minutes, cut to 79 minutes. Black and white. / A nuclear World War Three has apparently destroyed all or most of humanity. US Navy Commander Jim Maddison ...

Hallam, Atlantis

(1915-1987) US author of Star Ship on Saddle Mountain (1955), a Young Adult tale of First Contact set in rural America. [JC]

Malone, Walter

(1866-1915) US lawyer, poet and author The Coming of the King (coll 1897), which contains varied material, including "The Last Days of the Moon" in which the Moon's inhabitants prepare for their home's loss of atmosphere, and escape to Earth. [JC]

Summerville, Jenny

(?   -    ) Australian author, the young protagonists of whose Young Adult sf novel, Shields of Trell (1984), play with the controls of their spacebus, and find it is a Starship capable of intergalactic travel. Various perils including a Black Hole are duly encountered. [JC]

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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