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Griffiths, Linda Marshall

(?   -    ) UK playwright, some of whose earlier plays edge toward the fantastic, beginning with Pomegranate (first performed 2006); of sf interest is Villette (performed 2016; 2016 chap), in which Villette (1853) by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) is reconfigured into the Near Future, where the original protagonist of the tale, Lucy Snowe, is a Clone bred as a virologist with the task of finding the mediaeval remains of a nun, who may have been immune to ...

Noll, Arthur Howard

(1855-1930) US author of In Quest of Aztec Treasure (1911) with Bourdon Wilson, a Lost World tale set in Mexico; he also wrote A Short History of Mexico (1890), and other studies of that land. [JC]

De Las Cuevas, Ramon

Pseudonym of US anthropologist, archaeologist, museum curator and author Mark Raymond Harrington (1882-1971) whose only known work of fiction, the novella "Teoquitla the Golden" (November 1924 Weird Tales), is a Lost Race tale embedding within some typical Clichés of the form an early, interesting and nonjudgmental Transgender SF plot. The protagonist finds a hidden valley containing a lost Aztec civilization, and there uncaringly drives an Aztec woman who loves him to suicide; as ...


Film (1956; vt Sora no Daikaijū Radon ["Giant Monster of the Sky, Radon"]; vt, outside Japan, Rodan). Toho. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura and Takeo Murata, based on a story by Takashi Kuronomura. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara and Yumi Shirkawa. 79 minutes. Colour. / This film, the first Japanese Kaiju Monster Movie in colour, is from the same team that produced Gojira (vt Godzilla). A giant pterodactyl hatches in a mine (and eats giant dragonfly ...

Berger, Harold L

(1923-2013) US academic and critic, a professor of English at the University of Connecticut at Hartford until his retirement in 1986. His Science Fiction and the New Dark Age (1976) is a study of Dystopian sf, taking in Genre SF as well as such Mainstream Writers of SF as Aldous Huxley and Michael Young. The book is useful though not incisive. [PN]

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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