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A much-loved item of sf Terminology, coined in Isaac Asimov's very popular sequence Foundation (May 1942-January 1950 Astounding; fixups 1951-1953); it should not be confused with the identical term sometimes used by historians, which refers to the study of the relation of psychological motives to historical process. The attractive but purely Imaginary Science of Asimovian psychohistory supposes that the behaviour of humans in the mass – and thus future History – can be predicted by ...

Amazing Colossal Man, The

Film (1957). Malibu, American International Pictures. Produced and directed by Bert I Gordon. Written by Mark Hanna and Gordon, from a story by Gordon. Cast includes Cathy Downs, William Hudson and Glenn Langan. 81 minutes. Black and white. / An attempt to duplicate the commercially successful pathos of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) by reversing its procedure, The Amazing Colossal Man has an army officer exposed to the radiation from a "plutonium bomb" and consequently growing to 60ft ...

International Fantasy Award

UK-based Award, made annually from 1951 to 1955 and finally in 1957. The idea came from four UK enthusiasts: John Beynon Harris (John Wyndham), Frank Cooper, G Ken Chapman and Leslie Flood. The International Fantasy Awards were presented to the authors of the best fantasy or sf book of the year, with a second category for the best nonfiction book likely to be of interest to sf readers; the nonfiction class was dropped after 1953. Winners were selected by a panel of prominent sf personalities, ...

Blot, Thomas

Pseudonym of US author William Simpson (1828-1910). In his sf novel The Man from Mars: His Morals, Politics and Religion (1891) the eponymous telepathic traveller tells of his Utopian world. Unfortunately – if his desire was to communicate widely – the human he contacts is a hermit. [JC]

New York Review of Science Fiction

US critical magazine, initially published by David G Hartwell's Dragon Press, Pleasantville, New York and from late 2012 by the current owner and publisher Kevin J Maroney; edited (in 1995) by Kathryn Cramer, L W Currey, Samuel R Delany, David G Hartwell, Robert J Killheffer, Gordon Van Gelder and Donald G Keller; current; monthly, beginning with the trial issue (#0) August 1988 and #1 September 1988. It had reached #288 by August 2012, which was the last printed issue; the magazine continues ...

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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