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Richards, Charles Napier

(?   -?   ) UK author of an sf novel, Atalanta; Or, Twelve Months in the Evening Star (1909), whose five protagonists experiment in Space Flight with a ship whose complex new Power Source – the Invention of one of them – works as an Antigravity device. They reach Venus, one hemisphere of which is permanently dark, the other light, and which is inhabited (see Life on Other Worlds) by gorilla-like subhumans (see Apes as Human), but also by scientifically ...

Life after People

US tv series (2009-2010). Flight 33 Productions for The History Channel. Created by David de Vries. One two-hour pilot film plus 20 45-minute episodes. Colour. / This unusual Thought Experiment series speculated on what might happen to various places and landmarks of the world if humanity should suddenly vanish for unspecified reasons. The timeline for each episode typically started at one day after the event, then one week, one month, one year, ten years, and so on up to a hundred million ...

Mallinson, Sue

(?   -    ) BBC television producer and director since 1965 (leaving to form her own production company in 1988), and author whose single novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Serpent and the Butterfly (1980). A still unpublished sequel is «Atlantis Reborn». [DRL]

Ditmar Award

The Australian SF Awards, familiarly known as the Ditmars, were first given in 1969 and are presented in various categories for sf, fantasy and horror-related work by Australians. Voting resembles the system used for the Hugos but is associated with membership of the annual Australian National Convention ("Natcon") rather than the Worldcon. There have been many category changes over the years, some controversial (like the discontinuing of the International Fiction award since 1989, making the ...

Mullen, Thomas

(1974-    ) US author whose first novel, The Last Town on Earth (2006), clearly references but does not directly employ sf topoi in its depiction of the fate of a small town on the Pacific Rim which, faced with a dread Pandemic (in this case the "Spanish" flu), totally isolates itself from the rest of the world (see Horror in SF; Keep). An intruding soldier, unconsciously taking on a Mysterious Stranger role, infects the entire community; social chaos ensues. The Many Deaths ...

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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