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Williams, Nick Boddie

(1906-1992) US newspaperman – he was with the Los Angeles Times 1931-1971, serving as its chief editor from 1958 – and author who contributed short Genre SF stories to various Slicks; he reported having published his first sf story pseudonymously in Weird Tales in the late 1920s, but could recall neither title nor pseudonym. The Atom Curtain (1956 dos) is set in a thoroughly unusual Post-Holocaust America, 170 years after an atomic barrier has isolated it from the rest of the world. ...

Hamill, Pete

(1935-2020) US journalist, editor and author, active since the mid-1950s; well into his career, he published a tale of genre interest with "From the Lake" (March 1985 Asimov's). Most of his work, nonfiction or fiction, focused on his native New York, including two works of interest as Fantastika: in Snow in August (1997), a boy from Brooklyn and a Czech rabbi join forces to fight anti-Semitic thugs with the aid of a Golem; and Forever (2003) constructs a sustained though occasionally ...

Frost, Mark

(1953-    ) US screenwriter, director, producer and author, best known for co-creating the cult Television series Twin Peaks (1990-1991) with David Lynch. The noirish Pacific Rim Gothic of that narrative (see Gothic SF; Horror in SF), which is conveyed in some large measure through a hauntedly immobilized mise en scene, are not carried over to Frost's solo fiction, though the vaguely Steampunk atmosphere of the List of 7 sequence, comprising The List of 7 (1993) and The Six ...

Extro

Northern Irish SF Magazine, Slick A4 format. Published bimonthly by Specifi Publications. Edited by Paul Campbell (?   -2021), with David Langford billed as nonfiction editor from #2. Three issues, dated February/March, April/May and July/August 1982. / During its brief slick-format existence Extro published fiction by Brian W Aldiss, Richard Cowper, Garry Kilworth, Christopher Priest, Bob Shaw, John T Sladek, Ian Watson, James White and others, along with interviews, essays ...

Wormser, Richard

(1908-1977) US screenwriter and author who worked in various genres from the beginning of the 1930s. Under his own name and of some sf interest were Thief of Bagdad (1961) and The Last Days of Sodom and Gomorrah (1962), both film Ties, and Pan Satyrus (1963), featuring a chimpanzee in space. He is credited with something like seventeen Nick Carter tales (see Nick Carter), none of them apparently of sf interest. He wrote a tie to the Television series The Green Hornet (1966-1967): The Green ...

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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