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Lehmann, R C

(1856-1929) UK editor, politician (Liberal MP 1906-1910) and author, founder of the literary journal Granta (initially The Granta) in 1889, a member of the "table" of central contributors to Punch 1890-1919 and composing for initial publication there "Mr Punch's" Prize Novels: New Series (coll 1892), which includes parodies of H Rider Haggard (as by Reader Faghard), Jules Verne and the Future-War subgenre. A later volume, The Adventures of Picklock Holes (coll 1901), contains at least one sf ...

Who Is Julia?

US made-for-tv film (1986). CBS Entertainment International for CBS-TV. Directed by Walter Grauman. Produced by Graumann, Philip Barry, and Andrew Fenady. Written by James Steven Sadwith based on the novel Who Is Julia? (1972) by Barbara S Harris. Cast includes Jonathan Banks, Jeffrey DeMuneas, Judith Ledford, Jameson Parker and Mare Winningham (Mary Bodine). 91 minutes. Colour. / Beautiful fashion model Julia North (Ledford) is struck down while saving a young child from being hit by a ...

Ayrton, Elisabeth

(1910-1991) UK author, best known for books on cooking; married first to Nigel Balchin (1933-1951), then to Michael Ayrton (from 1952 until his death in 1975). Her sf novel, Day Eight (1978), portrays a Near-Future world in Ecological extremis, to which Gaia responds through a sudden acceleration in the Evolution of species in the heart of Africa, but excluding Homo sapiens. [JC]

Flowers for Algernon

One of the most widely adapted SF stories, Flowers for Algernon (April 1959 F&SF; exp 1966) by Daniel Keyes charts the progress of retarded Charlie/Charly, who develops a powerful Intelligence becomes a genius, and then slowly reverts to his original condition, after an only partially successful experimental treatment. Algernon, a white mouse, was Charlie's predecessor in testing the new Uplift treatment; Charlie becomes very fond of him and identifies with him. The story is known ...

Nielsen Hayden, Teresa

(1956-    ) US editor and author, born Teresa Nielsen; she legally changed her name in 1979 when she married Patrick Nielsen Hayden. She was managing editor in charge of the production department at Tor Books from 1988-1990 and has subsequently worked there as a consulting editor, acquiring and/or editing many new sf titles. With her husband, she has been active in Fandom, producing the Fanzine Izzard from 1982 to 1987. Making Book (coll 1994) assembles a range of cogent ...

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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