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Alexander, Alma

Pseudonym of Yugoslavian-born author Alma Alexander Hromic Deckert (1963-    ), whose childhood was spent in Africa, her early adulthood in New Zealand, and who is currently in USA; active as an author of nonfantastic work from around 1995, and since that date mostly as an author of fantasy. Her first sequences, including the Changer of Days series, beginning with Changer of Days, Volume One (2001; vt The Hidden Queen 2005), and the Syai series beginning with The Secrets of ...

Collins, Mortimer

(1827-1876) UK poet and author, moderately prolific in various genres; one collection of poetry, The Inn of Strange Meetings and Other Poems (coll 1871), contains Arthurian material. His three novels of sf interest are each of only tangential interest, but are good examples of how sf could be used in nineteenth-century Britain to avoid the implications of scientific discoveries like Evolution. Miranda: A Midsummer Madness (1873 3vols) makes passing reference to an Amazonian Lost World and a ...

Halle, Louis J

(1910-1998) US academic and author whose Utopia, Sedge (1963), contrasts a community which isolates itself from civilization for hundreds of years with the increasingly frenetic world beyond the gates. [JC]

TV Sci-Fi Monthly

UK tabloid-size Cinema magazine. Published by Sportscene Publishers, Limited. No editor credit in early issues; later ones list Mick Farren as editor or co-editor. Eight issues, all with copyright date 1976; month not given. / An "oversize" publication which focused on various Television programmes, TV Sci-Fi Monthly carried interviews and articles as well as its main feature, a large fold-out poster in each issue. The television series covered were roughly evenly divided between UK and US ...

Lost Saucer, The

Juvenile tv series (1975). Kroft Entertainment for ABC-TV. Executive producers: Sid and Marty Kroft. Directors included Dick Dorley, Walter C Miller and Jack Regas. Writers included Barry E Blitzer, John L Greene, and Seaman Jacobs. Cast includes Ruth Buzzie, Jarrod Johnson, Jim Nabors and Alice Playten. Sixteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / Two friendly Aliens who seem to be Robots land their flying saucer (see UFOs) on Earth and invite the young boy Jerry (Johnson) and his babysitter ...

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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