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Horsley, Reginald

(1858-1926) Australian author of Young Adult adventure tales, including The Yellow God: A Tale of Some Strange Adventures (1895), whose young heroes discover a Lost Race while sailing the Pacific. [JC]

Corston, George

(1932-    ) UK author of Aftermath (1968), an exceedingly grim vision of England after a nuclear Disaster that has driven what remains of the land into martial law and useless defiance of the inevitable; the protagonist, cursing his fate, dies of leukaemia. It is the case that, as with this title, surprisingly unconventional tales sometimes slipped into the Robert Hale Limited list, which was primarily designed for the library market. [JC]

Jungle Hell

Film (1956; vt Jungle Boy). Medallion Television/Taji Mahal Productions, Inc Produced and directed by Norman A Cerf. Written by Cerf from his story. Cast includes David Bruce, Robert Cabal, Naji, Sabu, Ted Stanhope, K T Stevens and George E Stone. Narrator: Sabu? Makeup by Harry Thomas. 78 minutes. Black and white. / Near Mysore, India, the young nephew of Sabu the Jungle Boy (Sabu) suffers mysterious burns from strange rocks. Sabu has the youngster taken to Dr Paul Morrison (Bruce), who ...

Destination Inner Space

Film (1966). United Pictures/Harold Goldman/Magna. Directed by Francis Lynch. Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Scott Brady, Gary Merrill, Sheree North and Mike Road. 83 minutes. Colour. / This minuscule-budget sf film is set in a research station Under the Sea whose Scientists discover a sunken Alien Spaceship and are menaced by its freed occupant, an amphibious alien Monster from outer space whose appearance is almost embarrassingly derivative of The Creature from the Black Lagoon ...

Rich, Simon

(1984-    ) US scriptwriter, journalist and author, first known for his work for the Television series Saturday Night Live beginning in 2007. His short stories and sketches, several of which have appeared in the Shouts and Murmurs section of the New Yorker, intensify an initially slick shaggy-dog literalism into an intense, almost elegiac, "wacky" absurdism (see Absurdist SF), his first collection of this material being Ant Farm: And Other Desperate Situations (coll 2007). ...

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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