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Heard, Gerald

Working name of UK speculative journalist, Californian spiritual guru and author Henry Fitzgerald Heard (1889-1971), who usually signed himself as H F Heard for his American publications after he moved to the USA in 1937; for medical reasons he was rejected for military service in World War One, perhaps because he was homosexual. He is perhaps best remembered for his association with Aldous Huxley in investigations of the Vedanta cult and for such speculative studies as The Ascent of Humanity: ...

Gog

Film (1954). Ivan Tors/United Artists. Directed and edited by Herbert L Strock. Written by Tom Taggart, from a story by Tors. Cast includes Constance Dowling, Richard Egan and Herbert Marshall. 85 minutes. 3-D. Colour. / In this slow-moving film, originally in 3-D, experiments are being carried out on human subjects in a secret Underground laboratory to determine whether manned space flight is possible. Various pieces of equipment start to behave in a lethal fashion: a man loses his life in ...

Ah Lai

(1959-    ) Poet, editor and author, who served from 1999 to 2006 as an editor of Kehuan Shijie ["SF World"], the best-selling genre magazine in the People's Republic of China. Born in the Ngawa and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Ah Lai is that rarest of Chinese authors: a member of China's Tibetan ethnic minority, a condition which shapes much of his work, including the much-garlanded Kong Shan ["Empty Mountain"] (2005-2009 3vols), which employed a slight veil of Magic ...

Fantascene

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine printed on middle-grade paper. Published by Dennis and Robert Skotak. Editor: Robert Skotak. Four numbered but undated issues published 1977 to 1978 on a roughly quarterly schedule. / Despite its short existence, this is regarded as one of the best 1970s fanzines to focus on Horror and sf Cinema. Excellent material was presented, relating to both vintage productions and such then-recent films as Carrie (1976) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind ...

Morley, Henry

(1822-1894) UK author, biographer, editor, critic and academic who was professor of literature at University College, London, 1865-1889. He wrote for and contributed to Charles Dickens's Household Words and All the Year Round. Morley is perhaps best remembered as editor of two popular literature series, Morley's Universal Library (1883-1885) for George Routledge and Sons and Cassell's National Library (1886-1890) for Cassell. The former included two Omnibus volumes of Proto SF interest: ...

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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