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Lehr, Paul

(1930-1998) American artist. Lehr studied illustration at the prestigious Pratt Institute, where he worked under Stanley Meltzoff, an early influence on his art. His first sf cover – for the American edition of Jeffery Lloyd Castle's Satellite E One (1954) – is a realistic depiction of the construction of an unusually-shaped Space Station, and similar images of spacecraft, rendered mostly in shades of grey, are seen in other early covers for James Blish's Galactic Cluster (coll ...

Wharton, Michael

(1913-2006) UK journalist and author born Michael Bernhard Nathan, but taking his mother's surname in adulthood; he is best known for his anti-modern, deeply conservative, often hilarious Way of the Word newspaper columns (intermittently 1957-2006) written as by Peter Simple. These highly fantasticated columns show the influence of similar work by Beachcomber (see J B Morton) and Myles na Gopaleen (see Flann O'Brien), though not the latter's politics. Sheldrake (1958), his only novel, which is ...

McCardell, Roy L

(1870-?1961) US screenwriter and author, whose extremely early Tie, The Diamond from the Sky: A Romantic Novel (coll of linked stories 1916), puts in book form his own filmscript about an Asteroid with a great diamond at its heart which plummets into seventeenth-century western America. McCardell also appeared as himself in the live-action prologue to Winsor McCay's pioneering animated film, Gertie the Dinosaur (1914). [JC]

Horton, Forest W, Jr

(?   -    ) US author of a Technothriller, The Technocrats (1980), revolving around a super-Computer in the wrong hands, and the justified Paranoia this causes when it turns out that the computer is running America via a proxy Android president. [JC]

Out of This World [magazine]

UK Digest-format magazine published by John Spencer and Co; edited by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Billed as "bi-monthly" but two issues only, October 1954 and January 1955. / This short-lived weird-fiction venture from the Badger Books stable is principally notable for the fact that the entire contents of both issues – each comprising five novelettes – were written by John S Glasby under his pseudonyms Max Chartair, Randall Conway, Ray Cosmic, Michael Hamilton and A J Merak ...

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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