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Barker, D A

(1947-    ) UK telecommunications engineer and author whose first two novels were sf published by Robert Hale Limited: A Matter of Evolution (1975), in which a Mutant race on Earth imports female humanoids for research, and A Question of Reality (1981). [DRL]

Susann, Jacqueline

(1918-1974) US author most famous for her first novel, Valley of the Dolls (1966); her only sf is the posthumous Yargo (1979), which, written in the 1950s, tells the tale of a young woman abducted by a UFO actually trying to kidnap Albert Einstein; she falls in love with Yargo, the ruler of the planet Yargo (see Exogamy), but is sent off on Planetary Romance adventures elsewhere after she becomes unendurable. [JC]

Nicholson, John H

(1838-1923) UK born schoolmaster and author, in Australia from 1859, who also published early work as by Tadberry Gilcobs and Salathiel Doles. He is of sf interest for The Adventures of Halek: An Autobiographical Fragment (1882; vt Halek: A Romance 1896; further vt Halek: A Romance: Companion of "Almoni" 1904) and its sequel, Almoni: Companion Volume to Halek (1904), which takes The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come (1678) by John Bunyan (1628-1688) as the underlying ...

Quest for Love

Film (1971). Peter Rogers Productions. Directed by Ralph Thomas. Written by Terence Feely, based on "Random Quest" (in Consider Her Ways and Others, coll 1961) by John Wyndham. Cast includes Tom Bell, Joan Collins, Denholm Elliott and Laurence Naismith. 91 minutes. Colour. / Romance about a physicist (Bell) accidentally transferred to a Parallel World, where he falls in love with the wife (Collins) of his alter ego, a playwright and cad, whose place he has taken. She dies. On being sucked ...

Fantastic Metropolis

US cumulative Online Magazine more akin to a website. It ran from 15 October 2001 to 1 January 2006, though the last release was four months late, and though there were regular monthly uploads of fiction and other features these were not in the form of individual issues. It was started by Gabe Chouinard in order to highlight the wider potential of literary science fiction rather than the traditional or commercial material, with an emphasis on urban fiction (see Cities) that would – as ...

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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