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Mayo, The Earl of

Working name of Irish politician and author, Dermot Robert Wyndham Bourke (1851-1927), 7th Earl of Mayo, whose Future War novel, The War Cruise of the "Aries" (1894), pits Britain against France, the battle turning on the use of a new Invention, a kind of mobile battering ram the size of a ship. [JC]

Them!

Film (1954). Warner Bros. Directed by Gordon Douglas. Written by Ted Sherdeman, based on a story by George Worthing Yates. Cast includes James Arness, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon and James Whitmore. 93 minutes. Black and white. / Unexplained deaths are occurring in New Mexico, and are initially treated as a police matter, with State Police trooper Ben Peterson (Whitmore) investigating on the spot with a Red Shirt junior officer; it is some time before we learn that atomic tests in the US ...

Wright, S Fowler

(1874-1965) UK author, employed as an accountant until middle-age. In 1917 he was a founder of the Empire Poetry League and edited until 1932 the League's journal Poetry, which serialized his translations of Dante Alighieri's Inferno and Purgatorio; he also edited many anthologies for the League's Merton Press, publishing some early work by Olaf Stapledon. Wright's first book was Scenes from the Morte d'Arthur (coll 1919) as by Alan Seymour, which was poetry. Brian Stableford has argued ...

Moore, David A

(1814-?   ) US author of The Age of Progress: Or, a Panorama of Time, in Four Visions (1856), a composite volume in which essays in Biblical typology are set against assays into Future History: for instance, Part One depicts the world of 3000 CE specifically as Eden reborn. [JC]

Bazterrica, Agustina

(1974-    ) Argentinian author of the Near Future Cadáver exquisito (2017; trans Sarah Moses as Tender Is the Flesh 2020), set in a world where a Pandemic caused by a fatal virus very readily transmissible from animals to humans has generated a point of Transition, after which, all "lower" creatures having been destroyed, it has become necessary, if only in a culinary sense, for humans to become food. Suspicions are aroused that the governments of the world – ...

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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