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Sibson, Francis H

(1899-1972) UK-born journalist and author, in South Africa from 1914 or earlier; most of his work, most of which appeared in the 1920s and 1930s, consisted of technically proficient tales involving aeroplanes or the sea and ships. The Survivors sequence comprising The Survivors (1932) and The Stolen Continent (1934) describes first the Near Future volcanic creation of a new Island in the Sargasso Sea, an event so violent that it causes two ocean liners to collide; the survivors of this ...

Sears, Richard

(?   -    ) US journalist, counsellor and author of First Born (2000), in which an Alien entity, possibly descended to America by flying saucer (see UFOs), seems to have been implanting its seed in human women; hunted by Neo Tech arm of the government, for its own purposes. The unusual child itself survives, and may take us in hand. Last Day (2001), though its storyline is not probable, is more surreal than fantastic. [JC]

Don't Look Up

Film (2021) Hyperobject Industries, Province of British Columbia Production Services Tax Credit, Bluegrass Films. Directed by Adam McKay. Written by McKay from a story by David Sirota. Cast includes Cate Blanchett, Timothée Chalamet, Kid Cudi, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, Paul Guilfoyle, Jonah Hill, Robert Joy, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Ron Perlman, Tyler Perry, Mark Rylance and Meryl Streep. 138 minutes. Colour. / Don't Look Up was released in December 2021. The action is ...

Garbo, Norman

(1919-    ) US painter and author in whose Near Future novel, The Movement (1969), grimly extrapolates late-1960s-style confrontations between US students and police into the takeover of a vast university campus and retaliatory bombing by the government; the coherence of the student movement is exaggerated, but the computer- and bureaucracy-dominated world they hope to change is verisimilar for the time of writing. [JC]

Foss, Chris

(1946-    ) Working name of British artist Christopher F Foss. Foss studied architecture at Cambridge University, and he has worked in sf Illustration since 1970, primarily as a cover artist; he uses brush and airbrush to excellent effect. Foss's smooth, representational style, demonstrated on hundreds of covers, spearheaded a revolution in British sf paperback design in the 1970s, and the artist's success inspired many imitators, creating for a while an almost tedious ...

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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