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Harting, Pieter

(1812-1885) Dutch polymath, immensely prolific in scientific fields such as biology, medicine and geology, and an early advocate of Charles Darwin's theory of Evolution. His one sf novel, Anno 2065: een blik in de toekomst (1865 chap; vt Anno 2070: een blik in de toekomst 1870 chap; trans Alex V W Bikkers as Anno Domini 2071 1871) as by Dr Dioscorides, posits a liberal world 200 years hence which is at peace, has new sources of power, and is highly industrious. [JC]

Mann and Machine

US tv series (1992). Universal Television/Dick Wolf Films for NBC-TV. Executive Producer Dick Wolf. Directors included Allan Arkush, James A Conant, Brian Grant. Writers included Nancy Bond, Neil Cohen, Morgan Gendel, Larry Lalonde. Cast includes David Andrews, Yancy Butler and S Epatha Merkerson. Nine 45-minute episodes. Colour. / Brash policeman Detective Bobby Mann (Andrews) is assigned an experimental Android as his new partner: Sergeant Eve Edison (Butler), beautiful but rather naive. ...

Jones, Stephen Graham

(1972-    ) US author, a Native American, much of whose work has viewed the world experienced by Native Americans in terms of horror (see Horror in SF); the estranged possibly delusional protagonist of his first novel, The Fast Red Road: A Plainsong (2000), embarks on a Fantastic Voyage through an America that he understands as a Post-Holocaust Weird Western nightmare, but may just be the contemporary world seen unfiltered; eyes opened, he may be able to write a new world. ...

Blue Thunder

Film (1983). Rastar/Gordon Carroll Productions. Directed John Badham. Written by Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby. Cast includes Candy Clark, Malcolm McDowell, Warren Oates, Roy Scheider and Daniel Stern. 110 minutes. Colour. / Borderline sf set in a very Near-Future Los Angeles, Blue Thunder tells the story of Murphy (Scheider), a helicopter-based police officer, asked to try out a new supercopter: it can see through walls, fire missiles, fly at 200 knots and hear conversations from far away. ...

Cornwell, Patricia

(1956-    ) US author best known for the Kay Scarpetta crime series beginning with Postmortem (1990) [not listed below], featuring the cases of a Medical Examiner; by the third decade of the twenty-first century more than twenty-five volumes had been published. Cornwell is of sf interest for the Captain Chase sequence of Near Future crime-oriented Technothrillers beginning with Quantum (2019) featuring an astronaut who is also a competent quantum physicist, and a forensic ...

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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