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Wludyka, Peter

(1942-    ) US academic and author whose The Past Is Another Country (1988; vt USSA: The Past is Another Country: A Novel of Alternate History 2010) describes an America, 143 years after a Russian invasion, in which thought-control is almost complete. The young protagonist discovers some of the truth about Christ and the disappeared city of New York, but only at great cost. Unfortunately for the book, the basic premise which clearly the novel was created to espouse – ...

Hunter, Norman

(1899-1995) UK professional conjuror and author for children and Young Adult readers first active before World War Two, his publishing career having begun with Simplified Conjuring for All (1923); during a sojourn in South Africa, from 1949 to 1970, he wrote nothing. He began publishing work of genre interest with a humorous fairy tale, "The Bad Barons of Crashbania" (in Number Nine Joy Street, anth 1931, ed Michael Lynn), and began his classic Children's SF series about the slightly screwloose ...

Short Circuit

Film (1986). Turman-Foster/Tri-Star. Directed by John Badham. Written by S S Wilson, Brent Maddock. Cast includes Steve Guttenberg, Brian McNamara, Ally Sheedy and Fisher Stevens. 98 minutes. Colour. / Military Robot Number Five, a prototype killing machine, is struck by lightning which endows it with sentience. It escapes from evil Nova Robotics, finding refuge with nice animal-lover Stephanie (Sheedy), who assumes it to be an Alien. It educates itself and is winsome. When she finds it is ...

Wang Xiaoda

(1939-    ) Chinese author and professor. Born to a relatively well-off family in China's troubled period of Japanese invasion and civil war, Wang graduated in mechanical engineering and worked in an auto parts manufacturing plant throughout the 1960s and 1970s. During the Cultural Revolution, he was briefly a group leader of a faction in Sichuan called the "Industrial Army", and became involved in an infamous war of words and ideologies between rival factories in Chengdu. ...

Badger, Joseph E, Jr

(1848-1909) US author who began contributing Dime Novels to journals like the New York Weekly and other Beadle & Adams publications from as early as 1870, mostly under his own name or as Harry Hazard; in his Young Adult Lost Race novel, The Lost City (1898), the young protagonist and his professor mentor are carried by Airship in a storm to the Olympic Mountains in the state of Washington, where they encounter a lost Aztec civilization. Badger committed suicide in the failing pool hall of ...

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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