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Reid, Rob

(1966-    ) US venture capitalist, journalist and author whose nonfiction Architects of the Web (1997) is a strong early study of the Internet (see also Media Landscape). His sf novel, Year Zero (2012) is a comic Satire on the Near Future Music industry. Two Aliens, who have been pirating Earth's music for decades, find that they have put the entire galaxy in hock when it comes time to pay the pipers. [JC]

Norman, John

Pseudonym used for his fiction by US author and philosophy teacher John Frederick Lange Jr (1931-    ). His fiction mainly comprises a series of borderline-sf Planetary Romances set on Gor, a Counter-Earth sharing Earth's orbit but – because it is on the other side of the Sun – always invisible to us. This astrophysical impossibility is never argued in the texts, which might consequently read as either antiquarian sf or fantasy were it not that the development of ...

Kennealy, Patricia

Working name of US rock critic and author whose birth name was Patricia Kennely (1946-2021), until 1994 when she began to write as Patricia Kennealy-Morrison, taking this (without the hyphen) as her legal name some considerable time after her 1970 marriage in a Celtic handfasting ceremony to the rock singer Jim Morrison (1943-1971) of The Doors; she appeared in a cameo role in Oliver Stone's film The Doors (1991). Her sf oscillated – in a manner common to much 1980s Fantastika – ...

Mears, A Garland

(circa 1842-1920) UK author active in the 1890s whose Utopia, Mercia, the Astronomer Royal: A Romance (1895), set a century hence in 2002, frames within a burdensome romantic plot its description of a Europe dominated by Germanic "races", with equality for women (see Feminism), advances in Technology, and something like Psi Powers. [JC]

Palm Springs

Film (2020). Limelight Productions in association with The Lonely Island, Sun Entertainment. Directed by Max Barbakow. Written by Andy Siara. Cast includes Cristin Milioti, Andy Samberg and J K Simmons. 90 minutes. Colour. / In Palm Springs, California, Sarah (Milioti) attends her sister's wedding. Her flirtation with a sardonic, Hawaiian-shirted guest named Nyles (Samberg) is disrupted when a masked assailant (Simmons) shoots Nyles with a bow. In the resulting chaos, Sarah follows the ...

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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