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MacAulay, David

(1946-    ) UK-born artist and author, in the US from 1958; much of his work, beginning with Cathedral: The Story of its Construction (1973), has concentrated on architectural subjects, a focus reflected in Unbuilding (graph 1980), which depicts in pictures and text the hypothetical demolition of the Empire State Building (see New York), and in The Way Things Work (graph 1988), where nonfantastic machines and artefacts are explained graphically by showing how woolly mammals ...

Simpson, George E

(1944-2009) US author, film scriptwriter and sound effects editor who worked with Universal Studios for several years. With Neal R Burger (1931-2005) he wrote three sf novels, all with a strong espionage-thriller flavour. Ghostboat (1976) centres on the submarine USS Candlefish, believed lost during World War Two, which reappears in modern times minus her crew. The solution of this mystery involves an uneasy mix of Timeslip and supernatural elements, leading to a grim but predictable ...

McNaughton, Janet

(1953-    ) Canadian author for Young Adult readers whose The Secret Under My Skin (2000) is set in a constricted distant-Near Future world, a twenty-fourth-century Dystopian venue beset by the consequences of Climate Change; the young protagonist finds that the discovery of her true identity may lead to a solution to some of the world's problems. An Earthly Knight (2003) is fantasy. [JC]

Man Who Fell to Earth, The

Film (1976). British Lion/A Cinema V Release. Directed by Nicolas Roeg. Written by Paul Mayersberg, based on The Man Who Fell to Earth (1963) by Walter Tevis. Cast includes David Bowie, Candy Clark, Buck Henry and Rip Torn. 140 minutes; first US showing cut to 118 minutes. Colour. / In this UK film set in the USA, the clear-cut narrative of Tevis's evocative novel – about an Alien who comes to Earth to build a spacecraft large enough to transport his native race away from his own ...

Millard, Joseph

(1908-1989) US author in several genres who began publishing sf with "The Crystal Invaders" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in January 1941, and was active in the field for a few years, a period which included the magazine release of his only novel, The Gods Hate Kansas (November 1941 Startling; rev 1964), a routine adventure involving manipulation of humans by Aliens. It was filmed, dreadfully, as They Came from Beyond Space (1967). [JC] see also: Invasion; A R Steber. /

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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