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Williams, David J

(1971-    ) UK author whose Cyberpunk-flavoured Autumn Rain Trilogy – comprising The Mirrored Heavens (2008), The Burning Skies (2009) and The Machinery of Light (2010) – begins with the Near Future destruction of a Space Elevator and the assignment to protect America undertaken by two counterintelligence agents, who may have been memory-wiped (see Memory Edit). Their destruction of the insurgency known as Autumn Rain proves temporary, and the action escalates ...

Gafla, Ofir Touché

(1968-    ) Israeli author whose first novel, Olam Hasof (2004; trans Mitch Ginsburg as The World of the End 2013), begins as an Afterlife fantasy (for Afterlife see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below), with the protagonist's suicide, which he figures will reunite him with his beloved dead wife. The various worlds into which he plunges, however, are engineered according to the precepts of various genres (see Equipoise), including sf proper, Horror in SF, noir ...

Sladek, John T

(1937-2000) US author who spent two decades in the UK from 1966, becoming involved in the UK New-Wave movement centred on Michael Moorcock's New Worlds, and co-editing with Pamela Zoline Ronald Reagan: The Magazine of Poetry (two issues 1968), where work by both editors, J G Ballard, Thomas M Disch and others appeared. In the mid-1980s he returned to Minneapolis, a town which had long supplied local colour to many of his more severely satirical stories, whose protagonists ricochet through their ...

Hanstein, Otfrid von

(1869-1959) German actor and author, prolific in various genres; of his sf novels, several were published in America in the 1930s, not in book form but translated under the aegis of Hugo Gernsback for Wonder Stories and Wonder Stories Quarterly. The translated stories are: Die Farm des Verschollenen: Phantatischer Roman (1924; trans Fletcher Pratt as "The Hidden Colony" January-March 1935 Wonder Stories), in which an automated Utopian City, made possible through the Inventions of a German ...

Haskin, Byron

(1899-1984) US film director. His film career began in 1919 when he became an assistant cameraman for Louis J Selznick. He directed four films in 1927, but later worked mostly as a cinematographer; he supervised the special-effects department for Warner Bros. 1936-1947. In 1947 he began directing again with I Walk Alone, a Hal Wallis production. In 1952 he formed a creative partnership with producer George Pal, directing several films for him. The first of these was War of the Worlds (1953); it ...

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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