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De Wailly, Gaston

(1857-1943) French playwright and author, who sometimes signed as Commandant G de Wailly; though his dramas have been generally forgotten, his several sf novels, all cast in a Vernian mode (see Jules Verne), are of some interest. The most successful may be Le Meurtrier du globe (feuilleton format 15 May-23 October 1910 Journal de Voyages as by Commandant G de Wailly; 1925; trans Brian Stableford as The Murderer of the World 2015), planet Earth is a Living World at risk of destruction at the ...


Pseudonym of US author J L Collins (?   -?   ), of whom nothing is known except his authoring of two novels as by Jonquil, the non-fantastic Was She Engaged? (1871); and Queen Krinaleen's Plagues; Or, How a Simple People Were Destroyed. A Discourse in the Twenty-Second Century (1874), a very early example of the sf novel in which the past (that is, the period during which the novel was actually published) is misunderstood by a contemplator – often literally ...

Monsters [film]

Film (2010). Vertigo Films. Written and directed by Gareth Edwards. Cast includes Whitney Able and Scoot McNairy. 94 minutes. Colour. / A returning probe carrying samples from the geothermal oceans of Europa (see Jupiter) has crashed in central America, which is now infested with giant cephalopods in an international quarantine zone. Cynical photojournalist McNairy is reluctantly charged with delivering his boss's daughter (Able) to safety in the US before the border closes ahead of the ...

Smith, Howard S

(?   -    ) Canadian author whose sf novel, Howard S Smith's I, Robot (2008), while its author explicitly disavows any connection with any other story or film with the familiar title, does clearly depend on most of them in the Technothriller story of a twenty-first century Robot detective bound by the three Laws of Robotics who must uncover an international scheme involving dangerous Weapons. [JC]

Blanchard, H Percy

(1862-1939) Canadian lawyer and author whose Sleeper Awakes novel, After the Cataclysm: A Romance of the Age to Come (1909), is a Utopia flavoured by the work of William Morris; a young man who awakens into 1934 to find that the Great War which began in 1914, after Russia invaded a Zionist Palestine, had been almost instantly terminated by the passage of an Asteroid which – as in H G Wells's In the Days of the Comet (1906) – transforms the planet and its inhabitants. A mild-mannered ...

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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