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Wheeler, Paul

(1934-    ) Jamaican-born UK author in whose The Friendly Persuaders (1968) benign-seeming Aliens from the planet Tarax appear in London and, offering promises of universal peace and free love, are soon swept into governmental power by a surge of popular acclaim. Inevitably this low-key Invasion conceals a more sinister agenda; one man's dogged resistance leads to revelations and reversals. [DRL]


An occasionally used item of sf Terminology, describing travel at less than the speed of light – that is, constrained by the usual laws of Relativity, as distinct from the greater narrative convenience of Faster Than Light or FTL transit. The term seems to have been first used by Poul Anderson in "A Sun Invisible" (April 1966 Analog). [DRL]


UK Fanzine (1959-1971) edited by Ron Bennett, which was Britain's principal and indispensable Newszine throughout the 1960s. There were 96 issues in all, stencil-duplicated in UK quarto format, typically 4pp; #1 was dated April 1959 and #96 was dated July 1971, there having been a long gap since the penultimate #95 in May 1968. The title masthead used from #2 onward was lettered by Eddie Jones; Arthur Thomson (as Atom) was a regular cartoonist. Bennett covered sf and fan news – both local ...

Dogs in Space

US animated tv series (2021-current). GrizzlyJerr Productions, Atomic Cartoons. Created by Jeremiah Cortez. Directed by Ed Chee, Monica Davila, James Suhr and Carl Upsdel. Writers include Jillian Goldfluss, Megan Gonzales, James Hamilton and Amalia Levari. Voice cast includes Sarah Chalke, Kimiko Glenn, David Lopez, Haley Joel Osment, Chris Parnell and Debra Wilson. Ten episodes of circa 21 minutes. Colour. / Sometime in 2223, Captain Garbage (Osment) is explaining to suspicious Aliens that ...

Tales of Terror from the Beyond

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird-fiction magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Charlton Comics. Editor: Patrick Mansuelli. One issue only, Summer 1964. / This scarce publication is not a Media Magazine as such, but seems popular among collectors of such periodicals. Most of the stories are by Stanton A Coblentz, including several reprints from 1947-1950 issues of Weird Tales. A short note on the contents page indicates that uncredited stories are also by Coblentz; other credited ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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