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Life Returns

Film (1935). Scienart Pictures/Universal Pictures. Produced by Lou L Ostrow. Directed by Eugene Frenke and James P Hogan (not the sf author). Written by L Wolfe Gilbert, John F Goodrich, Arthur T Horman and Mary McCarthy, from a story by Hogan. Cast includes George P Breakston, Valerie Hobson, Onslow Stevens and Lois Wilson. 63 minutes, sometimes cut to 60 minutes. Black and white. / Dr John Kendrick (Stevens) has spent his life working on a method of reviving the dead (see Medicine); Dr ...

Simpson, Robert

(?   -    ) US author whose fiction has solely been written as Ties to the Star Trek universe, beginning with "Allegro Ouroboros in D Minor" in The Lives of Dax (anth 1999) edited by Marco Palmieri, and including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Mission Gamma: Lesser Evil (2002). [JC]

Martin, J P

(1879-1966) UK author, a Methodist minister from 1902; he carried out missionary work in South Africa and was a chaplain in World War One, thereafter remaining in England. His popular Uncle sequence of absurdist children's stories – with, it proved, lasting appeal to adults – comprises Uncle (written 1934; 1964), Uncle Cleans Up (1965), Uncle and His Detective (1966), Uncle and the Treacle Trouble (1967), Uncle and Claudius the Camel (1969) and Uncle and the Battle for Badgertown ...


US tv series (1972-1973). Warner Brothers Television for NBC-TV. Series created by Leslie Stevens. Produced by Robert H Justman, Anthony Spinner. Directors included Russ Mayberry, Allen Reisner, Philip Leacock. Writers included Robert C Dennis, Brad Radnitz, Michael R Stein. Cast includes Anthony Franciosa, Doug McClure, Burgess Meredith and Hugh O'Brian. One 100-minute pilot film entitled Probe, plus 23 50-minute episodes. Colour. / This sf detective series is an example of "spy-fi" ...

Ardies, Tom

(1931-    ) US author, mostly of crime fiction, whose borderline Near Future Sparrow sequence – Their Man in the White House (1971), This Suitcase Is Going to Explode (1972) and Pandemic (1973), the Pandemic in question being an almost universally fatal manufactured flu – sees America at risk of Russian skulduggery, though Charlie Sparrow stands in the way. [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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