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du Maurier, George

(1834-1896) French/UK illustrator, cartoonist – over 3000 cartoons for Punch alone between 1864 and 1896 – and author, resident mostly in UK from the 1850s on; grandfather of Daphne du Maurier. The protagonists of his first and best novel, Peter Ibbetson (June-November 1891 Harper's New Monthly Magazine; 1891), share each other's dreams, in which they return to their idyllic childhood. But du Maurier is known almost exclusively today as the author of Trilby (January-June 1894 ...


Board Game (2012). Guillotine Games. / Zombicide is a turn-based cooperative board game in which 1-6 players must survive a series of Zombie Disaster scenarios. Players take the role of an individual character with their own special powers and must survive a series of deadly turn-based attacks by zombies. The atmosphere of the game is intended to generate a B-movie ambience, with characters, game scenarios and zombies evoking traditional stereotypes (see Clichés) and tropes from the ...

Robbins, David L

(1954-    ) US academic and author, most of whose work is nonfantastic and is set in World War Two. Of sf interest is the Souls to Keep sequence comprising Souls to Keep (1998) and The Betrayal Game (2008), which begins in an Alternate History version of World War Two whose Jonbar Point is the assassination of President Roosevelt; the second volume deals with the assassination of Fidel Castro. [JC]

Dixon, Royal

(1885-1962) US child actor, botanist, journalist and author, known for having founded the First Church for Animal Rights in 1921 after publishing several books advocating a quasi-pantheistic devotion to all forms of life, beginning with The Human Side of Plants (1914). Of sf interest is The Ape of Heaven (1936), an Apes as Human tale in which a benevolent culture of white human-like apes is found in Africa, one of whom saves a missionary. [JC]

Adventures of Dr Fu Manchu, The

US tv series (1956). Studio City Television Productions/Republic Productions, Inc. Directors included Franklin Andreon and William Witney. Writers included Richard H Landau, John K Butler, Ronald Davidson, Barry Shipman. Based on characters created by Sax Rohmer. Cast includes Carla Balenda, John George, Glen Gordon, Clark Howat, Laurette Luez and Lester Matthews. 13 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / Sir Dennis Nayland Smith (Matthews) and his friend and frequent assistant Dr John ...

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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