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Torgersen, Brad R

(1974-    ) US healthcare computer technician and author who, after a least one student publication at the beginning of the twenty-first century, began to release work of genre interest with "Extanastasis" in L Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future, Volume XXVI (anth 2010) edited by K D Wentworth. Most of his work can be described as adventure-oriented Hard SF, with stories appearing frequently in Analog; a considerable proportion of his output has been assembled in ...

Heliotrope

US professional downloadable Online Magazine co-founded by Damon Caporaso, Dave Comery and Jay Tomio, with Tomio as the editor-in-chief. It ran for six issues, each long delayed, from August 2006 to Spring 2009. Each issue was beautifully designed with emphasis given to striking artwork and features, most of which looked better on screen than when downloaded. Each issue ran just two or three short stories, most of which were more fantastic than sf, though Edward Morris's recursive "On the Air" ...

North, Franklin H

(?   -?   ) US journalist and author of The Awakening of Noahville (1898) a spoofish sf adventure tale, almost certainly derived from Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), in which two vagabonds become the scamp hirelings of Carolus Rex, ruler of a Lost Race kingdom somewhere adrift of New Mexico. There is a Robot, and Inventions galore, but modernization is resisted, and all ends in a slapstick War. [JC]

Gargoyles

US tv film, (1972). Tomorrow Entertainment/ABC Television network. Directed by B W L Norton. Scripted by Steven Karpf and Elinor Karpf. Gargoyles designed by Stan Winston. Cast: Cornell Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Bernie Casey, Woody Chambliss, Scott Glenn. 74 minutes. Colour. / Anthropologist Mercer Boley (Wilde) and daughter Diana Boley (Salt) make a side trip to visit roadside curio-shop owner Uncle Willie (Chambliss) who has seen Boley on a talk show claims to possess something the Professor ...

Barbour, Douglas

(1940-2021) Canadian poet (author of at least fourteen volumes of poems, initially under the influence of Ezra Pound) and academic, a professor of English at the University of Alberta; his "Patterns of Meaning in the SF Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Samuel R. Delany, 1962-1972", accepted by Queen's University in 1976, was the first Canadian doctoral dissertation in the field of sf. A competent study of Delany was spun off from this volume: Worlds Out of Words: The SF Novels of ...

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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