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Trebor, Robert

Pseudonym of an unidentified US author (?   -    ). "Robert Trebor", a palindrome, is a frequently used Pseudonym and no presumption is made here that this author has written other work bearing the same name; he is not, for instance, Robert Trebor, the television actor, nor the singer-songwriter Robert Trebor. The Trebor featured in this entry is the author of an sf novel, An Xt Called Stanley (1983), featuring an Alien on Earth. [JC]


Film (1997). Trimark Pictures and The Feature Film Project present a Cube Libre production in association with Téléfilm Canada, Ontario Film Development Corporation, The Harold Greenberg Fund and Viacom Canada. Directed by Vincenzo Natali. Written by André Bijelic, Graeme Manson and Vincenzo Natali. Cube device designed by David Pravica. Cast includes Nicole de Boer, Nicky Guadagni, David Hewlett, Andrew Miller and Maurice Dean Wint. 90 minutes. Colour. / Six characters ...

Martin, Philip

(1938-2020) UK screenwriter and author, best known for his creation of the crime series, Gangsters (1975-1978). He also wrote some scripts in the Doctor Who universe, as well as some Ties, beginning with Doctor Who – Vengeance on Varos (1988); Doctor Who – Mission to Magnus (1990) was based on his own unfilmed script from 1985. His collection of essays and interviews with authors including Ray Bradbury and Ursula K Le Guin, The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature: From Dragon's ...

Dr Who and the Daleks

Film (1965). AARU. Directed by Gordon Flemyng. Written by Milton Subotsky, based on the second Doctor Who television story, the seven-episode The Mutants (1963-1964; also known as The Dead Planet and The Daleks) by Terry Nation. Cast includes Roy Castle, Peter Cushing, Jenny Linden and Roberta Tovey. 85 minutes. Colour. / The Doctor – played colourlessly by Cushing as a polite old man – is inadvertently taken to a dying planet with his two granddaughters (Tovey and Linden; this ...

Siburt, Ruth

(1951-    ) US author for the Young Adult market; of sf interest among her works is Dragon Charmer (1996 chap), set in a Near Future world where pets are prohibited. The young protagonist, however, finds herself in charge of a baby dragon (see Supernatural Creatures). All ends well. [JC]

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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