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Williams, Lloyd

(1869-1951) UK author of a relatively late Battle of Dorking tale, The Great Raid: A Story of Britain's Peril (13 February-15 May 1909 Black and White; 1909), with the German Invasion of Britain being narrated with a clear apprehension of the nature and possibilities of a Future War in Europe. Unusually for novels of this type during these years, there are hints of trench warfare. Williams should not be confused with Lloyd Williams (?   -    ), who published ...

Rodriguez, Robert

(1968-    ) US filmmaker who has repeatedly straddled sf boundaries with other genres: Horror in The Faculty (1998), which draws on and quotes Robert A Heinlein's The Puppet Masters (1951); 1970s exploitation cinema plus Zombies and Monster Movie tropes in Planet Terror (2007); and espionage-based Technothriller in the Spy Kids franchise (2001 onward), whose third instalment Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (2003) takes place mostly in Virtual Reality, while Spy Kids: All the Time in ...

Sobol, Ken

(1938-2010) US author and screenwriter, in Canada from 1974 onwards. Sobol is probably best known for his numerous scripts for animated and live-action Television programmes. These include contributions to the short animated feature A Cosmic Christmas (1977) for Nelvana/Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a fable in which a boy encounters three visitors from outer space who seek the meaning of Christmas; Sobol's book adaptation is A Cosmic Christmas (1979 chap). Further scripts were for the sf ...

Kasulke, Calvin

(?   -    ) US author and playwright (recipient in the latter capacity of a Lambda literary fellowship) based in New York. His debut novel – or rather, novella with a great deal of white space – is Several People Are Typing: A Novel (2021), a genial comedy told entirely through chat sessions and personal direct messages in an eccentric New York PR consultancy's internal Slack Communications network. Having inadvertently constructed a spreadsheet ...

Adams, Bill

Working name of US author William Adams (?   -    ), author of the Evan Larkspur sequence comprising The Unwound Way (1991) and The End of Fame (1994) with Cecil Brooks; though they are structurally similar in their use of Sleeper Awakes conventions to describe the psychological and consequential effects of spending extended periods in Suspended Animation in a sub-light spaceship, the two tales can be read separately. In the first, playwright Larkspur returns ...

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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