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Faber, Michel

(1960-    ) Dutch/Australian/Scottish author, born in Holland, raised in Australia from the age of seven, resident in Scotland – where much of his fiction is located – from 1993; he is best known for The Crimson Petal and the White (2002), a blockbuster novel set in a nonfantastic Victorian London but narrated as though to a time traveller from the future; a nonfantastic collection, The Apple: New Crimson Petal Stories (coll 2006), is set in the same world. Much ...

MacAulay, L

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Decadence: An Excerpt from "A History of the Triumph and Decay of England": Dateable 1949 (1929), most of whose focus is on issues of free trade, which is advocated. [JC]

Leech Woman, The

US film (1960; vt Leech). Universal-International Pictures. Produced by Joseph Gershenson, Direct by Edward Dein. Written by David Duncan from a story by Ben Pivar and Frances Rosenwald. Cast includes Coleen Gray, Kim Hamilton, Estelle Hemsley, Gloria Talbott, Phillip Terry and Grant Williams. 77 minutes. Black and white. / Unscrupulous endocrinologist Dr Paul Talbott (Terry) is in a failing marriage with older wife June (Gray), and plans to divorce her – until hearing a claim from ...

Wheldon, David

(1950-    ) UK physician and author whose first novel, The Viaduct (1983), is typical of his work in general through its treatment of our Perceptions of reality as essentially indeterminable; for the released prisoner at the heart of this tale, the eponymous viaduct insecurely serves as a kind of threshold, perhaps into another Dimension. The Course of Instruction (1984) entangles its protagonist in a bureaucratic organization as inextricable as one of Franz Kafka's. In A ...

Iczer One

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1985-1987). AIC. Based on the Manga by Aran Rei. Directed and written by Toshiki Hirano. Voice cast includes Arisa Andō, Kaneto Shiozawa, Mayumi Shō, Keiko Toda, Naoko Watanabe and Yuriko Yamamoto. Three 30-48 minute episodes. Colour. / Having lost their homeworld, the Alien Cthulhu desire a new place to live, travelling the universe in their Spaceship, most of their population held in Suspended Animation. They begin to despair, but then a ...

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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