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Thrill Book

US magazine in the larger, saddle-stapled Dime-Novel format for eight issues, then as a standard Pulp magazine for the final eight issues. Sixteen issues, two per month, 1 March to 15 October 1919, published by Street & Smith; edited by Harold Hersey for volume one (1 March-15 June 1919) and Ronald Oliphant for volume two (1 July-15 October 1919). The legendarily rare Thrill Book is often cited as the first SF Magazine, but its initial eight issues contained no sf, but rather stories ...

Pollack, Neal

(1970-    ) US journalist, improv-comedian, editor and author; active from the early 1990s. His Satirical journalism, which has appeared in McSweeney's, New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and elsewhere, takes a gonzo attitude to modern American culture, both literary and Political, as demonstrated in his first collection, The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature (first appeared 2000 McSweeney's; coll 2002), which includes fictional takes as well. / Pollack is ...

Alien News Desk

US animated tv series (2019). Bento Box Entertainment and Broadway Video for Syfy. Created by Austin Reading and Chris Prynoski. Executive Producers include Erik Kenward, Dennis McNicholas and Andrew Singer. Directed by Lauren Andrews and Jeannette Moreno King. Writers include Scott Gairdner, Lauren Moser and Sam West. Voice cast includes Will Forte and Heidi Gardner. Twelve 22-minute episodes. Colour. / The Alien News Desk comes "live from Galactic Syndicate Studio Ship Integritus ... the ...

Black Magic M-66

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1987). Based on the Manga by Masamune Shirow. AIC. Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. Written by Masamune Shirow. Voice cast includes Ichiro Nagai, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Chisa Yokoyama. 47 minutes. Colour. / When a sabotaged military aircraft crashes into a forest, the two M-66 anti-personnel automated soldiers (see Androids) it carries escape. Created by Professor Matthew (Nagai), these were loaded with an experimental assassination program: as it was ...

Dixie, Florence

(1855-1905) UK traveller, journalist (the first female war correspondent in the English language) and author whose nonfiction Across Patagonia: A Lady Combs the Pampas (1880) – the only woman in her party, she was its dominant figure – captures something of her Feminist urgency. In Gloriana, or The Revolution of 1900 (1890) a woman disguised as a man is elected Prime Minister of the UK and, though unmasked, establishes full equality between the sexes; by 1999, a woman-ruled UK ...

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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