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O'Neill, Louise

(1985-    ) Irish journalist and author whose first novel, the Near Future Young Adult Dystopia Only Ever Yours (2014), posits a world where women are raised as breeders, selected for their physical beauty and decorousness when addressed by males, as concubines, or "chastities" (which is to say teachers of young females) (see Feminism; Women in SF). The intense interactions of teenage girls awaiting their fate are at points reminiscent of those depicted in Kazuo Ishiguro's ...

Jiang Yunsheng

(1944-    ) Chinese author, translator and occasional poet on Equipoisal themes. Jiang graduated in history from Shanghai's Fudan University in 1967, and remained in an academic career, retiring as a professor of Chinese literature at the Shanghai TV University. Striking for its adult themes at a time when so much Chinese sf was Children's SF his "Wubian de Jianlian" (November 1987 Kexue Wenyi trans Wu Dingbo as "Boundless Love" in Science Fiction From China, anth 1989, ed ...

Rackham, Martin

(?   -    ) UK author of The Source: Earth Voyage (1997), what may have been intended as the first volume of a series in which Aliens mount an Invasion of Earth in order to gain access to a desperately needed Power Source; but the sequence seems not to have progressed. [JC]

Planet Earth

Made-for-tv film (1974). ABC Directed by Marc Daniels. Teleplay Gene Roddenberry, Juanita Bartlett. Cast includes Ted Cassidy, Janet Margolin, Diana Muldaur and John Saxon. 75 minutes. Colour. / One of executive producer Roddenberry's several attempts to repeat the success of Star Trek, this pilot for a proposed series – similar in concept to his earlier Genesis II – failed to generate the necessary network enthusiasm. It is sf at its most simplistic. The hero and his companions ...

Hallen, A L

(?   -?   ) UK author whose Angilin: A Venite King (1907) is among several novels by early writers that prefigure the Planetary Romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs, though without the flair. The planet in question is Venus; the protagonist is an Earthman who transports his psyche there in an attempt to find his dead love, and finds himself inhabiting the soul of the eponymous king of Venus (see Identity Transfer). The plot is ornate and dynastic, and Airships are used ...

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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