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Von der Passer, Arnold

Pseudonym of German architect and author Franz Ludwig (or Franz-Levy) Hoffmann (1851-1917). His sf novel, Mene Tekel!: Eine Entdeckungsreise nach Europe ["Mene Tekel!: A Journey of Discovery to Europe"] (1893), places a Future History of Europe from 1898 to 2398 within the frame of an expedition (see Fantastic Voyage) undertaken in the latter year by a team of Freilanders anxious to discover what has been happening in the northern world 400 years after the founding of a multiracial Freiland in ...

Wojtowicz, Douglas P

(1970-    ) Author who under the House Name James Axler has contributed several later volumes to the long Outlanders sequence of Ruined Earth sf, discussed in more detail in the entry for James Axler. [DRL]


Film (2011). Screen Gems presents a Michael De Luca Productions, Stars Road Entertainment and Tokyopop production in association with Buckaroo Entertainment. Directed by Scott Stewart. Written by Cory Goodman from the Korean Graphic Novel series Priest (1998-2007 16vols) by Min-Woo Hyung. Cast includes Paul Bettany, Lily Collins, Cam Gigandet, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer and Karl Urban. 87 minutes. Colour. / A priest (Bettany) disobeys the monsignor (Plummer) of his Religious Order to ...

Wilhelm, Kate

(1928-2018) US author, married to Damon Knight from 1963 until his death in 2002; beyond her writing, she was long influential, initially along with her husband, in the Milford Science Fiction Writers' Conference, which he founded in 1958, and its offshoot, the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop, in which she was directly involved from the beginning. She edited one of the Anthologies of stories from the latter, Clarion SF (anth 1977); the nonfiction Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More ...

Walters, Eric

(1957-    ) Canadian teacher and author, most of his seventy or so Young Adult tales being nonfantastic, though he has begun in the twenty-first century to publish sf. The End of Days sequence, comprising End of Days (2011) Regenesis (2015), centres on a UFO-like scenario, the abduction by Aliens of the world's best Scientists, leaving their families to mourn; it is left to the young protagonists to save their families. In the sequel, an Asteroid strikes Earth, perhaps ...

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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