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Kenyon, Ley

(1913-1990) UK designer, photographer and illustrator, active from the 1930s; after gaining the Distinguished Flying Cross as a rear-gunner while serving in World War Two, he was shot down on his 45th mission, and as a prisoner of war forged passports and other papers in preparation for the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III in 1944; in later life, he specialized in images of the underwater world, publishing several nonfiction books on the subject, the best known being Pocket Guide to the ...

Landis, Arthur H

(1917-1986) US author and editor. While editing for Dealer's Voice, a motorcycle magazine, Landis convinced his publisher to begin a new fantasy magazine, Coven 13, which he edited for four issues September 1969-March 1970 before the title passed to William L Crawford. He published there a four-part serial as by James R Keaveney, which became A World Called Camelot (September 1969-March 1970 Coven 13 as "Let There Be Magick"; rev vt 1976) as by Landis, and was followed in the same series by ...

Lesson, The

Armenia animated film (1987). Armenfilm. Directed and written by Robert Sahakyants. 17 minutes. Colour. / The first passenger-carrying starship (see Spaceships) lands on a planet whose flora and fauna mostly resemble portmanteaus of Earth species (see Life on Other Worlds). The trigger-happy tourists begin hunting them, only to find the dead Alien's cellular structure imprints itself onto their own, whereupon they turn into their victims (see Shapeshifting). The exception is the sole female ...

Johnson, W Ryerson

(1901-1995) US Pulp magazine editor and author whose chief sf relevance is a small contribution to the extensive Doc Savage franchise during its 1933-1949 run in Doc Savage magazine. His three titles in the resulting Doc Savage novel series, all written with Lester Dent and published as by Kenneth Robeson, are Land of Always-Night (1966), The Fantastic Island (1966) and The Motion Menace (1971) [see Checklist below for original magazine appearances]. Johnson was the final editor of the pulp ...

Albedo One

Irish low-paying magazine of sf, fantasy and horror fiction which appears irregularly; formerly two or three times per year, latterly once or twice; there was a three-year gap between issue #47 in 2016 and #48 in 2019. First issue, Summer 1993, but undated from issue #4. Originally published by Tachyon Productions, Dublin, Eire, as an A5 booklet, the publisher became Albedo One Productions, Dublin, from issue #12 (1996), and it switched to A4 format. Digital copies in PDF format have also been ...

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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