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(1960-2023) UK author who began publishing sf – after a children's play, Noel's Ark (1982 chap) – with "Krash-Bangg Joe and the Pineal-Zen Equation" for Interzone in Autumn 1987; like several further tales assembled in The Time-Lapsed Man and Other Stories (coll 1990), it is set in a future world dominated by the effects of bio-engineering and dense with information. This marriage of Cordwainer ...
(1912-1994) Japanese critic and playwright, largely known in his home country as the translator of G K Chesterton, Ernest Hemingway and William Shakespeare. Along with Tetsuo Arakawa, he was the producer/director of the stage play Star (1975), written by Yasutaka Tsutsui and deemed of sufficient genre content to win the following year's ...
Red Planet Mars
Film (1952). Melaby Pictures/United Artists. Directed by Harry Horner. Written by John L Balderston (1889-1954), Anthony Veiller, based on the play Red Planet (produced in New York in late 1932; 1933 chap) by Balderston, John E Hoare. Cast includes Peter Graves, Andrea King and Marvin Miller. 87 minutes. Black and white. / Two young US scientists, man and wife, pick up television transmissions apparently from Mars. These messages (confusingly) ...
Nielsen Hayden, Patrick
(1959- ) US editor and anthologist, born Patrick James Hayden; he legally changed his name in 1979 when he married Teresa Nielsen Hayden. With his wife, he has been active in Fandom, producing the Fanzine Izzard from 1982 to 1987. He has been editorially involved with Tor Books full-time from 1988, and in this association won the 2007, ...
(? - ) US author whose sf novel, The Amazons of Somelon (1980), is a Planetary Romance where female warriors are plagued by dreadful foes. [JC]
(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 ...