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Simon, Leonard

(?   -    ) US author, some of whose horror novels are of Horror in SF interest: in The Irving Solution (1977), New York is devastated by a Pandemic initially carried by rats but intensified by a Mad Scientist; in Reborn (1979) Immortality can only be achieved through the voluntary deaths of young people. [JC]

Wilson, Geoffrey

(?   -    ) South African author currently resident in the UK, whose Land of Hope and Glory series, beginning with Land of Hope and Glory (2011), is an Alternate History sequence set mostly in a nineteenth-century Britain centuries after the Moors have conquered Europe, only to have lost much of this territory to the Rajthana Empire of India. The narrative shifts Equipoisally between sf and fantasy, with elements of Magic recurring frequently. The series is ...

Phair, Colette

(1982-    ) US author whose first novel, Nightmare in Silicon (2007), set in a Near Future where Medicine has sufficiently advanced to allow Identity Transfer of minds from diseased bodies to impervious Robot housings; the dying protagonist's experience of this process sharply evokes a range of Feminist arguments, centring on coercive definitions of women in terms of Sex. [JC]

Journey to the Beginning of Time, A

Czechoslovakian film (1955; original title Cesta do pravěku; vt Journey to Prehistory). Filmové Studio Gottwaldov. Directed by Karel Zeman. Written by J A Novotný and Karel Zeman. Cast comprises Vladimír Bejval, Petr Herrmann, Zdeněk Husták and Josef Lukáš. 93 minutes. Colour. / After a boy finds a fossil trilobite near a cave, his three teenaged friends take him to Prague's natural history museum to see the exhibits, which inspires them ...

Miller, George

(1945-    ) Australian film-maker (his Greek parents changed their name from Miliotis soon after his birth). After a satirical short film, A History of Violence in the Cinema, Part One (1975), Miller made an international impact with Mad Max (1979), a Near-Future cop/vigilante car-chase movie that introduced Mel Gibson to stardom as a leather-clad highway patrolman in an anarchic Post-Holocaust Australia. It success was great enough to fund a more elaborate, more effective ...

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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