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Nisbet, Hugh A

(?   -    ) UK author for Robert Hale Limited of Farewell to Krondahl (1980), a routine Space Opera. [JC]

Melton, Henry

(1949-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "We Hold These Rights ..." in Stellar #3 (anth 1977) edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey; his loose Small Towns, Big Ideas sequence for the Young Adult market, beginning with Emperor Dad (2007), tends to feature young protagonists who flummox the big world outside with the aid of Inventions and raw ingenuity, though they are sometimes exposed to threats to their personal Identity, and at least once – in ...


Film (2010). Twentieth Century Fox/Troublemaker Studios/David Entertainment. Directed by Nimród Antal. Written by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch, based on characters created by Jim and John Thomas. Cast includes Alice Braga, Adrien Brody, Lawrence Fishburne and Topher Grace. 107 minutes. Colour. / A hand-picked assortment of mercenaries and assassins are abducted and deposited on a planetary game preserve to be hunted for sport by the Predators. Producer Robert Rodriguez wrote the ...

Walsh, M C

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Golden Idol: A Tale of Adventure in Australia and New Zealand (1891), in which explorers discover and attempt to exploit an Underground treasure guarded by the last survivors of an extinct race, though the line may be preserved through the departure of the tale's protagonist with a woman he has fallen in love with. [JC]

Taylor, W T

(?   -?   ) UK author of fiction for boys, who also wrote as by John Bredon and Dave Gregory. Lord of the Incas (7 July-6 October 1934 Ranger; 1935) as by Dave Gregory is a Lost Race tale set in South America; in the Near Future The Great Disaster: A Story of 2000 A.D. (1935 chap) as by John Bredon, Britain suffers under a dictatorship and a Yellow Peril from Mongol hordes, but a British Scientist invents a Death Ray in the nick of time. [JC/RR] see also: Boys' ...

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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