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Davis, Carol

(?   -    ) US author of two Ties to the Quantum Leap television series: Quantum Leap #13: Obsessions (1997) and Quantum Leap #20: Mirror's Edge (2000) with Esther D Reese, which terminates the sequence. [JC]

Hessenstein, Countess Gabrielle

(?   -    ) Author – whose nationality has not been discovered and whose given name also appears in library catalogues as Gabriele – of Monkey Paradise: A Tale of the Jungle (trans E J R-S 1945), for which no original version has been found; it is a Satire hovering between sf and fantasy, in which a captured chimpanzee is taught human behaviour (see Apes as Human), escapes from Europe on a liner which he transforms into a Ship of Fools, and returns ...


Film (1993). Shah/Jensen and Imperial Entertainment. Produced by Ash R Shah, Eric Karson and Tom Karnowski. Directed by Albert Pyun. Written by Rebecca Charles. Cast includes Olivier Gruner, Merle Kennedy, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Tim Thomerson. 96 minutes. Colour. / This very violent, low-budget, straight-to-video, exploitation action-adventure movie, directed by straight-to-video specialist Pyun, has one element of sf interest. At a time when, despite all the publicity given to them, ...

Dorfman, Ariel

(1942-    ) Argentinian-born academic, playwright, journalist and author, in Chile from early childhood, alternatingly in the US from the late 1960s; active from the late 1960s. His work as a writer has been intimately engaged with the fate of Chile from the election of Salvador Allende (1908-1973) in 1970, through his death after an America-inspired coup in 1973, and through the tumultuous years since. His work in general is nonfantastic, though the main protagonist of ...

Morey, Leo

Working name of American artist Leopoldo Morey y Pena (1889-1965). Born into a well-to-do family in Peru, he studied engineering at Louisiana State University and briefly did illustrations for a newspaper in Argentina before returning to America to work as an artist, first in New Orleans and later in New York City. Some interior art and covers for Hugo Gernsback's Science and Invention presumably brought him to the attention of Gernsback's associate T O'Conor Sloane, and when Gernsback left ...

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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