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Davies, Russell T

(1963-    ) UK television producer, scriptwriter, and author, born Stephen Russell Davies, who added the middle initial to his name to distinguish himself from the UK writer and television figure Russell Davies (also born in Wales). He began his career with the BBC in the 1980s, writing two sf serials for the Young Adult market, Dark Season (1991 6parts), featuring a young Kate Winslet (1975-    ) in the story of a plot to rule the world through advanced ...

Fine, Stephen

(1949-    ) US author whose first novel, Molly Dear: The Autobiography of an Android, or How I Came to my Senses, Was Repaired, Escaped my Master, and Was Educated in the Ways of the World (1988), rewrites Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders (1722) as the memoirs of a twenty-first-century Android to satirical effect. Her innocence – assisted by memory wipes (see Memory Edit) – resembles that of Voltaire's Candide, or almost any of John T Sladek's child Robots in a cruel ...

Miracle Mile

Film (1988). Hemdale Film, Miracle Mile Productions. Written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt. Cast includes John Agar, Denise Crosby, Anthony Edwards, Lou Hancock, Mykelti Williamson and Mare Winningham. 87 minutes. Colour. / Miracle Mile was shot on location in the 1980s Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles (see California), and covers a period of twenty-four hours in the lives of visitor Harry Warshello (Edwards) and resident Julie Peters (Winningham), who meet at the La Brea Tar Pits ...

Peters, Ludovic

Pseudonym of German-born UK screenwriter and author Peter Brent (1931-1984), in the UK from an early age; author of one Avengers episode, "The Secrets Broker" (1 February 1964). One of his political thrillers, Riot '71 (1967), posits a Near-Future racist crisis in an economically battered UK, which is described as a Dystopia in the making. [JC]

Curtis, Philip

(1920-2012) UK teacher and author who is best known for the Mr Browser sequence of Young Adult sf novels, beginning with Mr Browser and the Brain Sharpeners (1979; vt Invasion of the Brain Sharpeners 1981), which comically, though sometimes pedantically, engage teachers and others with various challenges, some of them instigated by Aliens. The eponymous villains of Mr Browser and the Space Maggots (1989) are for instance responsible for the environmental deterioration of planet Earth towards ...

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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