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Leonhart, Rudolph

(circa 1832-1901) German-born author, in the USA from 1852, specifically in Minnesota, where he witnessed the Battles of New Ulm in 1862 between white settlers and the Sioux nation. Two of his novels are of some sf interest: The Treasure of Montezuma (1888), in which a Utopia is founded in the hidden valley of Friedenstahl with the aid of the eponymous hoard; and Either, Or (1893), a Satire on the Gilded ...

Costikyan, Greg

(1959-    ) US Game designer and author, inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame in 1999. Costikyan is a rare example of a designer who has worked on three generations of modern games, from Wargames through Role Playing Games to Videogames. He began developing Wargames as a teenager, helping ...


Canadian tv series (2000-2001, 2003-2004; vt Starhunter 3200). SpaceWorks Studios/The Danforth Studios Ltd/Alliance Atlantis Communications. Created by Daniel D'Or and Philip Jackson for The Movie Network, Canada. Directors included François Basset, Luc Chalifour and Patrick Malakian. Writers included Julian Fikus, Peter I Horton, and Nelu Ghiran. Cast includes Tanya Allen, David Fournier (season 1), Paul Fox (season 2), Stephen Marcus, Murray Melvin (season 1), ...

Isola degli Uomini Pesce, L'

Film (1978; vt Island of Mutations; vt Screamers). Dania-Medusa/New World. Directed by Sergio Martino (and Joe Dante, US version only). Written by Martino, Sergio Donati, Cesare Frugoni. Cast includes Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli, Joseph Cotten, Beryl Cunningham, Mel Ferrer (US version only), Richard Johnson and Cameron Mitchell (US version only). 99 minutes, cut to 91 minutes. Colour. / This is a wild Italian schlock picture, seemingly ...

Buchanan, Ginjer

(1944-    ) US editor and occasional author, active in Fandom from 1968, who while employed as a social worker in New York from the early 1970s carried out freelance work for sf publishers: she was consulting editor for the Star Trek Ties at Pocket Books and an outside reader for the US Science Fiction Book Club. In 1984 she became a full-time ...

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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