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Blaine, Mahlon

(1894-1969) US illustrator, probably born Blain and adding the "e" later. He was a major figure in book Illustration before the Depression, which devastated his livelihood: although he continued to illustrate, much of his work was for non-mainstream publishers; towards the end of his life he returned to illustrate some Edgar Rice Burroughs reissues [see Checklist below]. Among books of genre interest that he illustrated were two by Hanns Heinz Ewers, the US editions of The Sorcerer's Apprentice ...

Robinson, Patrick

(1940-    ) UK journalist and author, in US for many years. He is of some sf interest for his Admiral Morgan sequence of Near Future Technothrillers beginning with Nimitz Class (1997). The tales are centred on the American navy and its institutional allies and foes, as espionage and terrorism threats to America, mostly originating in Iran and/or China, are thwarted time and again. The first volume takes place around 2002, and the series (with some inconsistencies) maintains ...

Wu, William F

(1951-    ) US author, married until 1990 to Diana G Gallagher, who began publishing work of genre interest with "By the Flicker of the One-Eyed Flame" for Andromeda 2 (anth 1977) edited by Peter Weston, and who has produced considerable work in various genres, receiving nominations for various awards; several tales make use of his own Chinese-US background. The protagonist of Hong on the Range (1989) had appeared earlier in "Hong's Bluff" (March 1985 Omni). The Shade of Lo ...

Cleopatra 2525

US tv series (2000-2001). Renaissance Pictures/Universal Television Network. Syndicated. Created by R J Stewart and Robert G Tapert. Executive producer: Sam Raimi. Producers: Janine Dickens, Chloe Smith. Directors included T J Scott, Rick Jacobsen and Andrew Merrifield. Writers included Carl Ellsworth, Kevin Lund, Chris Black and Hilary Bader. Cast includes Elizabeth Hawthorne, Victoria Pratt, Jennifer Sky and Gina Torres. 28 episodes total; first season 22 to 25 minutes; second season 42 to 45 ...

Lamartine, Alphonse De

(1790-1869) French poet and political thinker who probably did not write in 1843 (as claimed by its publisher) the Future History published in English as Time on My Hands (1848); it depicts a complex and somewhat pixilated pattern of confederacies in Europe, with various scientific achievements to boast of, though not clearly. [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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