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Shaver, Richard S

(1907-1975) US author, author of some sf stories (some under the House Name Paul Lohrman) but now remembered almost exclusively for his hoax-like sequence of Shaver Mystery stories, presented as based on fact, published in Raymond A Palmer's Amazing Stories 1945-1947, beginning with "I Remember Lemuria" in March 1945 (see Theosophy). It brought over 2500 letters in response, and the sequence boosted Amazing's circulation though at the same time alienating many fans; the June 1947 Amazing was an ...

British Science Fiction Association Award

This Award developed from the original British Fantasy Award, which was sponsored by the British Science Fiction Association and initially made to a writer: John Brunner won the first in 1966. Following various organizational difficulties this was relaunched in 1970 as the British Science Fiction Association Award – usually known as the BSFA Award and sometimes termed the British Science Fiction Award – and thereafter was for a book. / For most of its lifetime the award has been ...

Curtis, Robert

(1889-1936) UK author, in active service during World War One, whose The Table: The Novel of Edgar Wallace's Film Story (1936) is a Tie to an unfilmed screenplay by Edgar Wallace, for whom Curtis worked as his secretary. A medical experiment goes wrong, resulting in the creation of Zombies who terrorize the mise en scene until defeated. None of Curtis's five previous novelizations of posthumous Wallace stories, four of them adapting playscripts, are of sf interest. [JC]


UK tv series (1970-1973). Century 21 Pictures Ltd Production/ITC. Created Gerry and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill. Executive producer Gerry Anderson. Produced by Reg Hill. Script editor Tony Barwick. Directors included Anderson, David Tomblin, Alan Perry, Dave Lane, Ken Turner. Writers included Barwick, Tomblin. Special effects Derek Meddings. 26 50-minute episodes. Colour. / Before this series the Andersons had been best known for their sf television puppet series, such as Thunderbirds. In ...

Glen and Randa

Film (1971). UMC. Directed by Jim McBride. Written by Lorenzo Mans, Rudolf Wurlitzer, McBride. Cast includes Woodrow Chambliss, Steven Curry, Garry Goodrow and Shelley Plimpton. 94 minutes. Colour. / The film opens with a shot of a naked man and woman walking hand-in-hand through a dreamlike setting, but it soon becomes clear that this is not the Garden of Eden but a Post-Holocaust USA. The young couple drift through the shattered debris of civilization in a search for the mythical city 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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