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Slonczewski, Joan

(1956-    ) US professor of biology, specializing in genetics, and author who began publishing sf with her first novel, Still Forms on Foxfield (1980), a tale in which most of her subsequent concerns take initial shape. A human community of Quakers, having fled an apparently doomed Earth and having establishing on the planet Foxfield a sane and Ecology-obedient relationship with the native species, is contacted centuries later by a ...

Contact [2]

Russian animated film (1978; original title Kontakt). Soyuzmultfilm. Directed by Vladimir Tarasov. Written by Alexander Kostinsky. 10 minutes. Colour. / An artist wandering the countryside rests by a lake: as he hums to himself, a Spaceship arrives. Its pilot – a Shapeshifting fluorescent triangle-eyed slug-like ...

Sale, David

(1932-    ) UK-born author, television screenwriter and producer, born Ernest Swindells, in Australia for many years since emigrating in 1950; he remains best known for creating and producing in Australia The Mavis Bramston Show (1964-1968), a Satirical review. His first novel, Come to Mother (1971), which is set in the Near Future, traces the consequences of the re-awakening of a woman ...

Clare, John

(?   -    ) Canadian editor and author of a Near Future spoof, The Passionate Invaders (1965), in which, 100 years after the last invasion, a group of Canadians known as the Snainef (i.e. Fenians) invade the United States. [JC]

Foigny, Gabriel de

(circa 1630-1692) French author of an early Fantastic Voyage, La Terre Australe Connue: C'est-à-dire la description de ce pays inconnu jusqu'ici, de se moeurs et de ses coûtumes. Par M. Sadeur (1676 Switzerland; cut vt Les avantures de Jacques Sadeur dans la découverte et le voiage de la terre australe 1692; trans anon of cut vt, as ...

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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