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Corelli, Marie

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Mackay (1855-1924); her name was long in doubt, as she was secretive about her birth, which was illegitimate. She wrote extremely popular bestsellers (selling, in her prime, 100,000-copy editions), although her first novel, A Romance of Two Worlds (1886 2vols; rev 1887) – in which interstellar travel is accomplished at about the turn of the century, through "personal electricity" – and its sequel, "Ardath": The Story of a Dead Self (1889 3vols), were only ...

Lost on Earth

US tv series (1997). USA Network original productions for the USA Television Network. Produced by Mark Nasser, David Salzman, others. Directors included Gary Brown, Paul Fusco and Phil Ramuno. Writers included Wayne Kline and Frank Santopadre. Cast includes Tim Conlon, Stacy Galina, Paul Gleason and Drew Massey (voice only). 13 25-minute episodes. Colour. / At KTEE-TV station, reporter Dave Rudy (Conlon) is nearly fired after making a major mistake on the air; he accepts demotion to become ...

Day After, The

Made-for-tv film (1983). ABC. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Edward Hume. Cast includes Steven Guttenberg, Lori Lethin, John Lithgow, Jason Robards, Jo-Beth Williams and William Allen Young. 121 minutes. Colour. / Set in Lawrence, Kansas, the film tells of a massive nuclear exchange between the USA and USSR. Many of the missiles hit Kansas and Missouri, targeted because of their numerous Minuteman silos. The Day After opens a week before nuclear World War Three begins, and ends ...

O'Neil, Henry Nelson

(1817-1880) Russia-born UK painter, musician and author, in the UK from early childhood; his sf novel, Two Thousand Years Hence (1868), comprises a history of the previous two millennia, written by the New Zealand governor of Britain, whose descriptions of Decadence and fit neatly into the New Zealander topos. [JC]

Levene, Philip

(1926-1973) UK scriptwriter and credited co-author of City of the Hidden Eyes (1960) with J L Morrissey, based on Levene's eight-part BBC Radio serial from 27 April 1959, in which the surface world is threatened by Monsters who occupy a City far Underground; it is likely that adaptation of script to novel was entirely by Morrissey. Levene wrote a great deal for Radio and Television, including scripts for The Invisible Man (1958-1959) and The Avengers (1961-1969) – for which he wrote ...

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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