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Everett, Percival

(1956-    ) US academic and author, active from the early 1980s, whose novels variously and imaginatively press against mimetic readings; though most are nonfantastic, there is a sense that many of them pan the water margins of Fantastika. Several novels are of sf interest. In Zulus (1990), a Near Future tale set after the end of a nuclear World War Three, the ...

Tomorrow Calling

Short tv film (1993). Channel 4 Television, Parallax Pictures, Tapson Steel Films Productions. Written and directed by Tim Leandro, based on William Gibson's "The Gernsback Continuum" (in Universe 11, anth 1981, ed Terry Carr). Cast includes Don Henderson, Colin Salmon and Toyah Wilcox. Colour. 12 minutes. / Photographer Bill (Salmon) is given the task of photographing modernist buildings of the 1930s to ...

Science Fiction Library

UK pocketbook magazine. Three numbered undated issues 1960; published by G G Swan, London; edited by Gerald Swan (1902-1981), uncredited. Science Fiction Library had no table of contents, poor paper and very small type. Original and reprinted stories were used, including some from the first incarnation of Science Fiction Quarterly. A companion magazine was Weird and Occult Library. ...

Britto García, Luis

(1940-    ) Venezuelan author, playwright and essayist. His fiction has been honoured twice with the Casa de Las Américas prize, for his works Rajatabla ["Strictly"] (coll 1970) and Abrapalabra [wordplay with abracadabra, can be literally translated as "Open Word"] (1980). In 2002 he was the winner of Venezuela's national prize for literature, given as a lifetime achievement award. In 2005 he received the ...

Small, Austin J

(1894-1929) UK adventure and thriller author, born Austin Major Small, though his death certificate gives Austin James Small; in the US he published under his own name, while in the UK his books usually appeared as by Seamark. He wrote three novels of sf interest. The Man They Couldn't Arrest (1925) is a mystery novel incorporating unusual devices and Inventions into the plot. In Master Vorst (1926; vt The Death Maker 1926) the ...

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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