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Bijo to Ekitai-ningen

Film (1958; vt The H-Man; vt Beautiful Women and the Hydrogen Man). Toho. Director Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura, based on a story by Hideo Kaijo. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara, Koreya Senda and Yumi Shirakawa. 87 minutes, cut to 79 minutes. Colour. / This Japanese film is, coincidentally, similar to The Blob (also 1958) but is more ingenious and sinister. Fishermen examining a drifting freighter find only empty suits of clothing – empty except for the ...

"Space" Kingley

The tough and resourceful Captain "Space" Kingley was the hero of three UK children's Space-Opera annuals of the early 1950s. Beyond his pukka Britishness he displayed few individual characteristics. The sequence (which remains extremely difficult to date precisely; the dates here may not be reliable) comprises The Adventures of Captain "Space" Kingley (coll 1952) with stories by Ray Sonin, The "Space" Kingley Annual (coll 1953) with stories by Ernest A Player, and "Space" Kingley and the ...

Miller, Richard

(1925-2006) US author whose Snail (1984) is a satirical Time-Travel tale in which the Wandering Jew and a Prussian soldier traverse a late-twentieth-century USA, viewing with dismay the New Age trash – both psychic and physical – which chokes the land, and en route meeting Kilgore Trout (see Kurt Vonnegut Jr). The SQUED sequence comprising Squed (1989) and Sowboy (1991) is sf Fabulation. [JC]

Atkey, Bertram

(1879-1952) UK author of many magazine stories, mostly crime fiction – his Smiler Bunn thief-as-hero stories were popular in the 1920s – plus some supernatural and sf tales. His first publication of direct sf interest seems to be "The Strange Case of Alan Moraine" (September 1912 Grand Magazine), whose title character, a noted sportsman, flies an experimental aeroplane (incorporating much new Technology) in hope of setting a high-altitude record; he is abducted by flying discs (see ...

Dark Worlds

Canadian Small Press Retro-Pulp magazine published by Dark Worlds Club, British Columbia, and edited by G W Thomas and M D Jackson. It saw four quarterly issues, from Summer 2008 to Spring 2009, with two annual issues since. It is deliberately imitative of the pulp magazines, in its size, format and content, reminiscent of Startling Stories with a touch of Weird Tales. It publishes a mixture of fantasy and science fiction, usually with a dark or Sword and Sorcery element, the science fiction ...

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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