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Avatar: The Last Airbender

US animated tv series (2005-2008). Nickelodeon. Created by/executive producers: Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko. Writers include Michael Dante DiMartino, Aaron Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch Ehasz, Tim Hedrick, Bryan Konietzko and John O'Bryan. Directors include Lauren MacMullan, Ethan Spaulding and Giancarlo Volpe. Voice cast includes Rene Auberjonois, Dante Basco, Jack DeSena, Jessie Flower, James Garrett, Grey DeLisle, Mark Hamill, Jennie Kwan, Lex Lang, Ron Perlman, Zach Tyler ...

Owens, Clarke

(1951-    ) US author whose nonfiction work consists mostly of Christian apologetics, including Son of Yahweh: The Gospels as Novels (2013). Two of his novels are of sf interest: 600ppm: A Novel of Climate Change (2015), set in a Dystopian Near Future America where an alliance of profit-hungry corporations and a supine government has shut down any discussion of or research into ...

Golemon, David Lynn

(1955-    ) US military intelligence officer (ex) and author of the Event Group sequence of conspiracy thrillers, beginning with Event (2006) and ending with Legacy: An Event Group Thriller (2011), featuring the eponymous, highly armed (see Military SF) secret organization, which is dedicated to serving American Presidents in need. The first tale deals with UFOs; the second invokes ...

Huxley, Aldous

(1894-1963) UK man of letters and author, younger brother of Julian Huxley; his fame came early, in the 1920s, a decade which his work captured with precision, conveying an overwhelming sense of the psychic aftermath of World War One; most of his best fiction, such as Antic Hay (1923) and Point Counter Point (1928), was written then. From 1937 he lived in America, a residency which survived ...

Porter, Peter

(1929-2010) Australian editor and poet, in UK from 1951, prolifically active from 1958; two of his 1960s poems appear in Edward Lucie-Smith's early sf Poetry selection Holding Your Eight Hands (anth 1969). He is of further sf interest for one volume, Mars (coll 1988 chap), heavily illustrated by the Australian painter Arthur Boyd (1920-1999), where a sometimes heavily metaphorical ...

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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