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Heat Vision and Jack

US tv pilot (1999). The Greenblatt Janollari Studio, Red Hour Productions. Directed by Ben Stiller. Created and written by Dan Harmon and Rob Schrab, Cast includes Jack Black, Ron Silver and Owen Wilson. One 30-minute episode. Colour. / A television pilot that was never picked up for a series. In the introduction Stiller, clutching his Emmy, declares that he has "returned to television a wealthy and powerful man ... [so] as a person you admire, I'm giving you permission to appreciate this ...

Spotswood, Christopher

(1813-1890) Indian-born author, in Australia from before 1848; the protagonist of his only known publication, Voyage of Will Rogers to the South Pole (1888 chap), while whaling in the South Seas, is dragged by a whale even farther southwards, into the heart of the Antarctic, where the climate is mild, and a Lost Race inhabits the fertile land of Bencolo. With no issues of scarcity to "civilize" them, they have created a mild-mannered Utopia run by clement magistrates. Rogers leaves without ...

Obstfeld, Raymond

(1952-    ) US author whose work of sf significance is restricted to the Warlord sequence under the House Name Jason Frost, who see for details. [JC]

Apollonius of Rhodes

(early 3rd century BCE-late 3rd century BCE) Greek author, his name also given as Apollonius Rhodius; known primarily for the Argonautica (mid 3rd century BCE), which recounts more fully and capably than any other source the Fantastic Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts, from the mainland to various Islands in the Greek Archipelago and onward, in their quest to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis on the Black Sea. The erotic intensity of the relationship between Jason and Medea is as central ...

Lord, Jeffrey

House Name used for the 37-book Richard Blade Sword-and-Sorcery series "produced" by Lyle Kenyon Engel. Manning Lee Stokes wrote 1 to 8 of the sequence; 9-29 and 31-37 were by Roland Green; Ray Nelson contributed a single title, number 30 in the sequence. The Richard Blade series includes adventures set in other Dimensions or Parallel Worlds with an sf flavour. [DRL]

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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