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Hensley, Joe L

(1926-2007) US Indiana Judicial Circuit Court judge 1975-1988 and author, most active as an author of suspense novels, one of which, The Poison Summer (1974), was named in the New York Times Best of the Year List in 1974. A member of First Fandom and a lifelong sf fan, he began publishing sf with "Eyes of the Double Moon" for Planet Stories in May 1953, and appeared with some frequency in the field, publishing more than thirty tales of the fantastic over fifty years; some were as J L Hensley ...

Kawamata Chiaki

(1948-    ) Japanese author whose debut work "Shita" ["Tongue"] (January 1972 NW-SF) was published while he was still working as a copywriter at the Advertising agency Hakuhodo. In the same year, he began writing SF criticism with "Ashita wa Docchi da!" ["Which Way is Tomorrow?"], which ran until 1975 in S-F Magazine and was subsequently collated in Yume no Kotoba, Kotoba no Yume ["Words of Dreams, Dreams of Words"] (nonfiction coll 1983). He became a full-time writer from ...

Revenge of the Creature

Film (1955). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Martin Berkeley, story William Alland. Cast includes John Agar, John Bromfield, Ricou Browning and Lori Nelson. 82 minutes. 3D. Black and white. / The success of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) inspired the inevitable sequel, shot in 3D although seldom projected in that format. This time the Creature (Browning) is captured and taken to an oceanarium in Florida, but it soon breaks out and (some time later, after ...

Hand, Elizabeth

(1957-    ) US critic and author, partner of Richard Grant from 1988 to 1996, from 1996 partner of John Clute; she began publishing work of genre interest with "Prince of Flowers" in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine for February 1988. Her continuing output of short stories has won acclaim and some awards – "Last Summer at Mars Hill" (August 1994 F&SF) won a World Fantasy Award and a Nebula award; "Echo" (October/November 2005 F&SF) won another Nebula ...

Frankish, H

(?   -?   ) UK author, long thought to be pseudonymous but in fact not so. His one published book is Dr Cunliffe, Investigator (coll of linked stories 1913), featuring the exploits of the eponymous Scientist/investigator/Superhero whose assignments from Scotland Yard involve him with at least one Alien, a Vampire, a transplanted brain, a Mad Scientist wielding a matter Disintegrator, and gigantism in wasps (see Great and Small). Any prior magazine publication of ...

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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