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Hardy, David A

(1936-    ) UK artist and illustrator, known at least as much for his astronomical and space-exploration paintings, done in the accurate tradition of Chesley Bonestell, as for his sf work. Hardy is essentially a self-taught artist, though he attended the Margaret Street College of Art in Birmingham circa 1960 on day release from his illustration work for the chocolate manufacturer Cadbury, during which employment he honed his skills in commercial art, layout and typography ...

Starship

In sf Terminology, a ship capable of travel between the stars – one of the many sf neologisms which have passed into the language. Various aspects of such ships are discussed under Faster Than Light; Generation Starships; Spaceships; Suspended Animation; World Ships. [PN]

Ballard, J G

(1930-2009) UK author, born in Shanghai and as a child interned in a Japanese civilian POW camp during World War Two. He first came to the UK in December 1945, and read medicine at King's College, Cambridge, but left without taking a degree. He began publishing sf with simultaneous stories in each of E J Carnell's two sf magazines: "Escapement" for New Worlds and "Prima Belladonna" for Science Fantasy, both December 1956. From the first, his writing was influenced by the Surrealist painters and ...

Welcome to Paradox

Canadian-American tv series (1998). Production companies included Chesler/Perlmutter Productions and River of Stone Productions, for The Sci-Fi Channel. Created by Lewis Chesler and Jeremy Lipp. Executive producers included Lewis Chesler, David Perlmutter and Mary Sparacio. Directors included John Greyson, Clark Johnson and Jorge Montesi. Writers included Lewis Chesler, Jeremy Lipp and Miguel Tejada-Flores. Actors included Mayim Bialik, Rachel Hayward, Suzy Joachim, Megan Leitch, Michael ...

Marshall, Sidney J

(1866-1942) US author of the self-published The King of Kor; Or, She's Promise Kept: A Continuation of the Great Story of "She," of H Rider Haggard (1903), which as the subtitle indicates is a Sequel by Other Hands to H Rider Haggard's She: A History of Adventure (October 1886-January 1887 The Graphic; cut 1886; full text 1887); the new tale features a Reincarnation of She, who communicates lessons in transcendental philosophy initially by séance. [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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