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Frith, R J

(?   -    ) UK author whose sf novel, The Nemesis List (2010), is set in a relaxed Space Opera universe full of merchant traders and complaisant planetary authorities; her protagonist, a freelance freighter captain, must transfer a multiple murderer, whose IQ has been experimentally enhanced by the scientists he has murdered, to a planet where he can be taken care of (see Crime and Punishment). Similarities have been noted between this novel and Firefly ...

Certificate X!

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine. Published by World Distributors, from London despite the company name World Distributors (Manchester) Ltd. No editor named. One issue only, dated January 1965. / This was apparently only the second attempt – after Screen Chills and Macabre Stories – to produce a UK Monster Movies magazine. Leaving little doubt that its prototype was Famous Monsters of Filmland, the subtitle was "Famous Filmland Monsters". The cover of the only issue ...

Mannes, Marya

(1904-1990) US author, features editor and journalist, often on Feminist themes. Her first novel, Message from a Stranger (1948), is an afterlife fantasy. In her sf Satire They (1968), the USA is taken over by the under-30s, who determine that everyone must retire by the age of 50, live in segregated Keeps, and undergo euthanasia by the age of 65. [JC/PN]

Vision of Tomorrow

Australian/UK magazine, monthly, A4-size, twelve issues, August 1969 to September 1970, published by Ronald E Graham (1908-1979), an Australian businessman and sf enthusiast; edited by Philip Harbottle from the UK. The magazine was printed on good quality coated paper stock, but to call it a Slick magazine would be stretching the definition. Nevertheless the production and presentation, carried out almost single-handedly by Harbottle, was neat and clean. The magazine's content was in stark ...

Outer Limits Newsletter

US letter-size saddle-stapled photocopied Fanzine printed on low-grade paper. Editor/publisher: Steve Streeter. Eight issues, January 1978 to Autumn 1983. Publication schedule was highly erratic. / This was in effect an unofficial follow-up to The Outer Limits: An Illustrated Review (which see), largely illustrated and written by Streeter alone. The first four issues were black-and-white only; #5 onwards featured both and black-and-white and colour illustrations. Each issue focused on a ...

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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