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Sillitoe, Alan

(1928-2010) UK author best known for early "kitchen-sink drama" novels like Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1958), though he remained active well into the present century. The General (1960), filmed as Counterpoint (1967), involves a hijacked orchestra with abstract armies clashing on an abstract ground, perhaps not Terran. The long title poem of The Rats and Other Poems (coll 1960) literalizes Underground rats in Horror in SF terms, though the main drift of the narrative is to allegorize ...

Rowson, Martin

(1959-    ) UK political cartoonist and latterly author, noted for the scatological savagery of his Satirical portraits of modern British politicians, causing his work to have frequently been likened to the work of eighteenth-century satirists like James Gillray (?1756-1815) and Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), and in the twentieth century to that of Ralph Steadman (1936-    ). His weekly Independent on Sunday newspaper cartoon slot "The Abuses of Literacy" ...

Flesh Gordon

Film (1974). Mammoth/Graffiti. Directed by Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm. Written by Benveniste, William Hunt. Cast includes Suzanne Fields, John Hoyt and Jason Williams. 90 minutes, cut to 84 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / This burlesque of Flash Gordon began as a cheap soft-porn film, but became relatively expensive as the special effects became more elaborate. Work on it continued for nearly two years and many special-effects technicians were involved, some uncredited; they ...

Scott, John Reed

(1869-1942) US author active between 1906 and 1917, most of his tales being romantic historical adventures; of sf interest is The Duke of Oblivion (1914), set on a Caribbean Island where an Underground society of English refugees is found surviving in Mayan ruins. [JC]

Leonard, George

(1946-    ) US academic and author whose novels include Beyond Control (1975), an effective Horror in SF tale set in a big-City slum hospital where DNA experimentation (see Genetic Engineering) on pregnant underclass women leads to the birth of highly unpleasant Monsters; complicit politicians are of course chiefly concerned to protect their own reputations and careers. / This author should not be confused with George H Leonard. [DRL]

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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