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Markson, David

(1927-2010) US author of the stringently Modernist Wittgenstein's Mistress (1988), whose protagonist may be the last human (see Last Man) left on Earth; the novel is couched as an array of assertive, gnomic paragraphs in the style of the Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) by Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), and similarly dramatizes the gap (or perhaps aporia) between the world and the propositions that we fling in what we believe to be the direction of the world (see Metaphysics; ...

Coggins, Jack

(1911-2006) US illustrator of many subjects. Born in London of UK parents, he moved with his family as a child to Long Island. In due course he attended the Grand Central School of Art and the Art Students League, both in New York. During World War Two he was a war artist for Life magazine and others including Yank, The Army Weekly; from this was born the first of several collaborations with Fletcher Pratt, Fighting Ships of the U.S. Navy (graph 1941). He illustrated and cowrote with Pratt ...

Mantegazza, Paolo

(1831-1910) Italian neurologist, physiologist, anthropologist and author whose early advocacy of the theory of Evolution was channelled through a hierarchical understanding of the course of human development and history (see Social Darwinism), a global understanding of the world that shapes the proto-Futurism (see Filippo Tommaso Marinetti) of his enthusiastic Utopia, L'Anno 3000: Sogno (1897; trans by David Jacobson as The Year 3000: A Dream 2010), which nevertheless espouses principles that ...

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Film (1985). Kennedy Miller Productions. Directed by George Miller with George Ogilvie. Written by Terry Hayes, Miller. Cast includes Helen Buday, Mel Gibson, Paul Larsson, Bruce Spence, Frank Thring and Tina Turner. 107 minutes. Colour. / This Australian film, the second sequel to the Post-Holocaust movie Mad Max (1979), has lots of well-directed action but is more rambling and less focused than its predecessors. Max finds a community in the desert, Bartertown, with a female warlord (Tina ...

Barker, Thomas W

(?   -    ) US author of one sf novel, Five for Infinity (1976), whose multiple protagonists find that they and their Spaceship have inadvertently exceeded the speed of light (see Faster Than Light; Relativity), and find themselves in peril. [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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