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Day After, The

Made-for-tv film (1983). ABC. Directed by Nicholas Meyer. Written by Edward Hume. Cast includes Steven Guttenberg, Lori Lethin, John Lithgow, Jason Robards, Jo-Beth Williams and William Allen Young. 121 minutes. Colour. / Set in Lawrence, Kansas, the film tells of a massive nuclear exchange between the USA and USSR. Many of the missiles hit Kansas and Missouri, targeted because of their numerous Minuteman silos. The Day After opens a week before nuclear World War Three begins, and ends ...

MacHarg, William

(1872-1951) US author, of sf interest for The Achievements of Luther Trant (coll of linked stories 1910) with Edwin Balmer, who was his brother-in-law (see his entry for details). [JC]

MacDonell, A G

(1895-1941) India-born Scottish author who began his career as author with a series of thrillers as Neil Gordon; one of these, The Professor's Poison (1928), was sf, featuring the Invention of a new Weapon capable of gassing whole armies. From 1933, MacDonell wrote under his own name. In Lords and Masters (1936) an industrial struggle between traditional steel manufacturers and the developers of a new metal escalates into a full-blown Future War involving the whole of Europe; by novel's end, a ...

Nanovic, John L

(1906-2001) Austro-Hungarian-born US editor and author, in the USA from early childhood; Sam Moskowitz, in "Me and My Shadow" (May 1990 Pulp Vault #7), records an interview with Nanovic in which he claims to have been born in Palmerton, Pennsylvania on 7 October 1907. From 1931 he was associated with Street & Smith, for whom he edited The Shadow from 1932 to 1943 (see The Shadow); and was also involved in developing the figure of Doc Savage for the firm, writing the initial treatment which ...

Hennebert, Eugène

(1826-1896) French soldier, military historian and author, who wrote under various names, including some early nonfiction as by Major H de Sarrepont before leaving the army, and fiction as by Prévost-Duclos, including one novel of some Lost Race interest, La ville enchantée, voyage au Lac Tanganyika (1885; trans Brian Stableford under author's real name as The Enchanted City: A Voyage to Lake Tanganyika 2014) as by Prévost-Duclos. Written under the clear influence of Jules ...

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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