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Hawkins, Ward

(1912-1990) US author who spent most of his career producing Westerns, usually in collaboration with his elder brother, John Hawkins (1910-1978), who was the author of "Ark of Fire" (3-10 April American Weekly). Ward Hawkins began publishing work of fantastic interest with "Men Must Die" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in April 1939, though he produced only a few sf tales at this time. In the 1980s he wrote television scripts and the Borg and Guss sequence of humorous sf adventures – Red ...

Sinclair, Kenneth L

(1910-?   ) US author in whose Young Adult Lost City of the Sun (1955), a Lost World is discovered in New Mexico. [JC]

Andromeda Strain, The

Film (1971). Universal. Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Nelson Gidding, based on The Andromeda Strain (1969) by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid and David Wayne. 130 minutes. Colour. / This film, whose director had in 1951 made the classic sf film The Day the Earth Stood Still, concerns a microscopic organism, inadvertently brought to Earth on a returning US army satellite, which had been knocked off-course by a meteorite; the organism causes the ...

Jęczmyk, Lech

(1936-    ) Polish editor, translator, columnist and essayist, primarily known for his translations of novels and short stories from the English by J G Ballard, Philip K Dick, Ursula K Le Guin, Kurt Vonnegut and numerous others. In 1970, while working as an acquiring editor for the Warsaw-based publishing house Iskry, he initiated the Steps into the Unknown series of annual anthologies Kroki w nieznane ["Steps into the Unknown"] in which he published both Eastern European ...

Strickland, Brad

Working name of US author William Bradley Strickland (1947-    ), who began publishing work of genre interest with "Payment Deferred" in Asimov's for May 1982, but who has concentrated mainly on fantasy, most notably perhaps in early stories like "The Herders of Grimm" for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1984 and in the Jeremy Moon sequence – Moon Dreams (1988), Nul's Quest (1989) and Wizard's Mole (1991) – which conveys its protagonist into ...

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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