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Cold Night's Death, A

Made-for-tv film (1973). Spelling Goldberg/ABC. Directed by Jerrold Freedman. Teleplay Christopher Knopf. Cast includes Robert Culp and Eli Wallach. 73 minutes. Colour. / Interesting, atmospheric but ponderous yarn with a bizarre premise about two quarrelsome scientists, one emotional (Wallach) and one dispassionately rational (Culp), in a remote Arctic station. Their experimental chimpanzees (see Apes as Human) turn the tables and start conducting ...

Bernal, J D

(1901-1971) UK physicist and political philosopher, Marxist polemicist, whose The World, the Flesh and the Devil: An Enquiry into the Future of the Three Enemies of the Rational Soul (1929 chap) manages, with astonishing clarity and concision, to provide models for the understanding and exploitation of the future that sf writers – some knowingly, some ignorant of this small work – would mine for decades. Its influence was acknowledged by Olaf ...

Galanter, Dave

(1969-2020) US author of several Ties to Star Trek series: Star Trek: The Next Generation #31: Foreign Foes (1994) with Greg Brodeur; Star Trek Voyager: Battle Lines (1999) with Greg Brodeur; a two-volume miniseries, Star Trek: The Next Generation: Maximum Warp: Book One (2001) and ...

Heydon, J K

(1884-1947) Australian businessman and author whose World D: A Brief Account of the Founding of Helioxenon (1935), as told to him by "Hal P. Trevarthen, Official Historian of the Superficies", describes the creation of an Under-the-Sea culture, Helioxenon; the detail is considerable, sometimes Catholic. On the jacket the novel is credited to Trevarthen. [JC]

Turenne, Raymond

Working name of French diplomat, banker and author Raymond Auzias-Turenne (1861-1940), in Canada from 1890; he also wrote as by Amès Sémiré. Of sf interest is Le dernier mamouth (1904 as Raymond Auzias de Turenne; trans as The Last of the Mammoths 1907), in which the eponymous survivor is hunted down in its despoiled Lost World. [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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