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Glanville, Ernest

(1856-1925) South African author much of whose tales of adventure are set in the veldt; The Inca's Treasure (1894.) is a Lost-Race tale, and Tyopa: A Bush Romance (1920) is an Apes as Human tale of moderate interest. [JC]

Abominable Snowman, The

Film (1957; vt The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas US). Hammer Film Productions/Warner Brothers (UK)/20th Century Fox (US). Produced by Aubrey Baring. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Nigel Kneale, adapted from his BBC teleplay The Creature (30 January 1955). Makeup by Phil Leakey. Cast includes Michael Brill, Robert Brown, Peter Cushing, Arnold Marlé, Wolfe Morris, Maureen O'Connell and Forest Tucker. 91 minutes, cut to 83 minutes. Black and white. / Botanist Dr John Rollason ...

Podrug, Junius

(1947-    ) US lawyer and author known for "collaborating" with the dead Harold Robbins (1916-1997) on several posthumous novels. After Gary Jennings, author of Aztec (1980) and its sequels, died in 1999, his editor, Robert Gleason and Podrug continued the Aztec sequence with Aztec Blood (2001); two of the later volumes – Gary Jennings' Apocalypse 2012 (2009) and Garry Jennings' The 2012 Codex (2010), both credited to Gleason and Podrug alone – are set in the ...

Hayles, Brian

(1931-1978) UK screenwriter, best known for his work on various Doctor Who projects (22 episodes for various extended stories between 1966 and 1974); his two books of sf interest are Doctor Who Ties: Doctor Who and the Curse of Peladon (1974) and Doctor Who and the Ice Warriors (1976), both based on his own scripts. [JC]

Wright, Susan

(1963-    ) US author who sometimes signs her work as S L Wright; she is of most sf interest for her contributions to the Star Trek universe, beginning with Sins of Commission (1994) in the Star Trek: The Next Generation subseries. Much of her other work is fantasy, some of it shaped around erotic storylines, though the Slave Trade sequence beginning with Slave Trade (2003) is set in a Space Opera framework, with female slaves (see Slavery) being traded to pleasure-seeking ...

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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