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de Gourmont, Remy

(1858-1915) French author, whose early work resembles that of Henri de Régnier, and in whose Une Nuite au Luxembourg (1906; trans Arthur Ransome as A Night in the Luxembourg 1912) a superior Alien, whose people occupy the Outer Planets, visits Earth briefly and engages in an illuminating conversation with some cultured humans. The Angels of Perversity (coll 1992 trans Brian Stableford as by Francis Amery) is a selection of de Gourmont's short fiction, which inclines to ...

Alexander, Paul

(1937-2021) US artist who studied at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, California, and after working with architectural companies and in advertising – typically producing scenes of men and Machines – began to paint Genre SF covers for New York publishers, beginning with the 1977 Ace Books paperback of The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: A Special 25th Anniversary Anthology (anth 1974) edited by Edward L Ferman. Working in gouache and using both hand brush and ...

Gannett, Lewis

(1952-    ) US author whose first novel was a falteringly effective horror tale, The Living One (1993), and whose second was Magazine Beach (1996), a Near Future thriller whose villains, after hijacking the world's information networks (see Internet), plan to melt the polar icecaps, perhaps impatient at the pace of global warming (see Climate Change). Millennium: Gehenna (1998) and Millennium: Force Majeure (1999) are Ties to the television series Millennium (1996-1999), ...


Jupiter's importance in sf is derived from its status as the largest planet in the solar system and also the most accessible – because nearest to Earth – of the Gas Giants (which see). Its four major moons – Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa – were discovered by Galileo, but it was not until 1892 that the US astronomer Edward Barnard (1857-1923) discovered the fifth. About a dozen others were discovered in the twentieth century. The visible "surface" of Jupiter is an ...

Went the Day Well?

Film (1942). Ealing Studios. Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. Written by John Dighton, Angus MacPhail and Diana Morgan from a Graham Greene story, "The Lieutenant Died Last" (29 June 1940 Collier's Weekly). Cast includes Leslie Banks, Muriel George, Thora Hird, Mervyn Johns, Basil Sydney, Valerie Taylor. 92 minutes. Black and white. / This effective World War Two film is narrated by Charles Sims (Johns), a survivor of the brutal Nazi occupation of the village of Bramley End in 1942 (see ...

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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