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James, Donald

Working name of UK scriptwriter and author Donald James Wheal (1931-2008), who also wrote as James Barwick and Thomas Dresden. His work as a scriptwriter for Television series began about 1964; of sf interest were scripts for programmes like Space: 1999, and for individual films like Gerry Anderson's Doppelganger (1999). His first novel of sf interest, The Fall of the Russian Empire (1982), is a Near Future thriller about the end of the USSR; the Inspector Vadim sequence, comprising Monstrum ...

Haley, Russell

(1934-    ) UK-born author, in Australia from 1961 to 1966, and New Zealand subsequently. His work, from the poetry of the early 1970s on, has been Equipoisal (see Postmodernism and SF) as regards any fixing of generic content, notably in the stories assembled in Real Illusions: A Selection of Family Lies and Biographical Fictions in Which the Ancestral Dead Also Play Their Part (coll 1984) and A Spider-Web Season; & The Transfer Station (coll 2000). The Settlement ...

MacArthur, David

(?   -    ) UK author of an sf novel for older children, The Thunderbolt Men: A Tale for Children (1947), a surprisingly archaic narrative in which two young protagonists discover a Mad Scientist on a remote Island who plans to destroy the world with his Inventions; but pluck wins the day. [JC]

Happening, The

Film (2008). Twentieth Century Fox in association with UTV Motion Pictures and Spyglass Entertainment presents a Blinding Edge Pictures production in association with Dune Entertainment. Written and directed by M Night Shyamalan. Cast includes Betty Buckley, Zooey Deschanel, John Leguizamo, Ashlyn Sanchez and Mark Wahlberg. 91 minutes. Colour. / As an epidemic of mass suicides is traced to the release by the plant biosphere of an inhalable neurotoxin which switches off the human brain's ...

Hunt, Andrew

(?   -    ) UK veterinarian whose only publication to date seems to be a contribution to the Doctor Who: New Adventures sequence within the Doctor Who universe, Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark (1992). [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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