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D'Argenteuil, Paul

Pseudonym of the unidentified US author (?   -?   ) of The Trembling of Borealis (1899), set in America after a war with Cuba and featuring a revolt of the working classes which brings about a welfare state and the disenfranchisement of Blacks. Given the socialist – albeit racist – bent of the tale (see Politics; Race in SF), the author's Pseudonym ...

Sutton, Felix

(?   -    ) US author whose The City under the Sea: an Ace Cooper Adventure (1961), which may be the first volume of an aborted Young Adult series, mildly depicts a Near Future expedition Under the Sea. Ace Cooper is the hero. [JC]

Fourth Kind, The

Film (2009). Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films presents a Chambara Pictures and Dead Crow Pictures production in association with Focus Films, Fourth Kind Productions and Saga Film. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Written by Osunsanmi with Terry Robbins. Cast includes Enzo Cilenti, Raphaël Coleman, Corey Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Elias Koteas, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Charlotte Milchard and Will Patton. 98 minutes. Colour. / A psychologist (see ...

Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly, The

Japanese film (1957). Original title Tōmei Ningen to Hae Otoko. Daiei Film. Directed by Mitsuo Murayama. Written by Hajime Takaiwa. Cast includes Ichirō Izawa, Junko Kano, Yoshiro Kitahara, Shozo Nanbu, Ryuji Shinagawa and Chujo Shizuo. 96 minutes. Black and white. / Detective Wakabayashi (Kitahara) is interviewing Professor Hayakawa (Nanbu) (see Scientists) about the stabbing of a fellow passenger on a flight, ...

Wheeler, William W

(1853-1916) US author whose Utopia Rest (1894) includes some occult elements, like the mysterious presence of a redeemed Adam and Eve in a world based on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888); Shapeshifter Aliens from another planet are also in evidence. [JC]

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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