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Flinn, Denny Martin

(1947-2007) US author of a Star Trek Tie, Star Trek: The Fearful Summons (1995); he also co-scripted, with Nicholas Meyer, the screenplay for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). [JC/DRL]

It Came from Outer Space

Film (1953). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Harry Essex, based on a screen treatment by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Richard Carlson, Charles Drake and Barbara Rush. 80 minutes. 3-D. Black and white. / This was Arnold's, and Universal's, first venture into the sf/Horror genre; it was also the first sf film to exploit a desert location (here the Mojave Desert), and the first 3-D film released in wide-screen format. Research by Bill Warren, in Keep Watching the Skies! Volume 1 ...

Curwen, Henry

(1846-1892) UK critic, journalist and author, in India from 1876, where he became editor of the Times of India. He was an early sympathetic critic of Edgar Allan Poe. Zit and Xoe: Their Early Experience (April-May 1885 Blackwood's Magazine; 1887) is a tale of Prehistoric SF told in terms of the theory of Evolution, in which two advanced apes (see Apes as Human) are forced to leave their tribe in order to progress humanwards. [JC]

Kirk, Tim

(1947-    ) American artist. While attending California State University, Long Beach, in the 1960s, Kirk became an enthusiastic member of the science fiction community and began contributing artwork to Fanzines, including a number of first-page cartoons that are credited as cover art for numerous issues of Locus. From the start, he displayed a knack for playful renderings of familiar figures from Fantasy, like unicorns and dwarfs, that helped to earn him nine Hugo ...

King, Ron

(?   -    ) US teacher and author, the protagonist of whose Young Adult tale, The Quantum July (2007), makes the Discovery of a capacity to shift between Parallel Worlds, and uses his ability to look for a reality in which his parents have not separated. [JC]

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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