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Naylor, Doug

(1955-    ) UK scriptwriter and author best known for Red Dwarf; almost all his work of interest related to this Television series and was written with Rob Grant under the joint pseudonym Grant Naylor (which see for all work under that name). Naylor also wrote solo one Tie to the series, Last Human (1995). The Red Dwarf script extracts in Scenes from the Dwarf (coll 1996 chap) and full scripts in Son of Soup: A Second Serving of the Least Worst Scripts (coll 1996) appeared ...

Zardoz

Film (1974). John Boorman Productions/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced, directed and written by John Boorman. Cast includes John Alderton, Sean Connery, Sara Kestelman and Charlotte Rampling. 105 minutes. Colour. / A future society on the Ruined Earth is divided into two regions: the Vortex and the Outlands, separated by an impenetrable Force Field. Within the Vortex live the Eternals – Immortal, possessed of high Technology and given to a decadent aestheticism – while in the ...

Chepaitis, B A

(1957-    ) US author whose Jaguar Addams sequence beginning with The Fear Principle (1998), a Space Opera set initially on a Prison satellite where the protagonist Jaguar Addams uses her Telepathic powers in attempts to cure inmates, some of whom are psychotic, some obsessed by Religion. Later volumes of the sequence, some set back on Earth, become complicated with romance elements and the murder of at least one family member. Children of the Land (2014), a singleton, which ...

Raspe, Rudolf Erich

(1737-1794) German-born propagandist, amateur geologist, cataloguer, flim-flam artist, translator and author, in the UK from 1775. His career was harum-scarum; though he edited the posthumous papers of Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) as Oeuvres philosophiques latines et francoises de feu Mr de Leibniz (1765), and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1769, he was more than once in deep financial trouble (the Royal Society ejected him in 1775) and narrowly escaped imprisonment. One of his ...

Nova SF

The title of two Amateur Magazines, one UK and one US. / 1. UK Amateur Magazine produced by Adrian Hodges, Cheltenham in octavo format. It saw five slim issues from Spring 1990 to #5 (undated but late 1992). It was one of a wave of British little magazines emulating, to some degree, Dream Magazine but generally stronger on enthusiasm than content. The magazine improved steadily and issue #3 (Winter 1990/91) is notable for an early story by Neal Asher. Problems delayed the next issue by ...

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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