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Vernes, Henri

Pseudonym of Belgian author Charles-Henri-Jean Dewisme (1918-2021), in France 1946-1949, prolific producer of Pulp-style adventure novels in various genres from the mid-1940s. His most popular series, the Bob Morane sequence beginning with La Vallée Infernale ["The Valley of Hell"] (1953; trans anon as Bob Moran in the Valley of Hell 1960) ends, more than 200 volumes later, with L'énigme du pôle: La chose dane les glaces ["The Enigma of the Pole: The Thing in the Glacier"] ...

Gallego, S G

(1883-1944) Spanish-born author, in US from an undetermined point; John Smith, Emperor (1944) is a Near Future tale whose culture-Hero protagonist uses his Invention of a secret device to impose peace on the world, and to institute a Utopia where anything that the protagonist considers immoral (Sex is particularly offensive to him) is made illegal. The Pope duly crowns him emperor. [JC]

Horror Monsters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Published by Charlton Comics. Editor credited as "Sanzar Quasatood". Ten issues, 1961 to 1965. No regular publication schedule stated. / This title suffered from Charlton's usual low production values; it printed some short Horror fiction among the film and Television articles, although no authors were credited for such material. Films covered included Frankenstein 1970 (1958), The Fly (1958) and The Day of the Triffids ...


1. Two US tv miniseries (1983, 1984) followed by a series (1984-1985). NBC. The first miniseries (1983), two 100-minute episodes, was titled "V" and created, written and directed by Kenneth Johnson. The second miniseries (1984), three 100-minute episodes, was titled V: The Final Battle and directed by Richard T Heffron, written Brian Taggert, Peggy Goldman, from a story by Lillian Weezer, Goldman, Faustus Buck, Diane Frolow, Harry and Renee Longstreet. The series proper, titled "V" (1984-1985), ...

Moon, Elizabeth

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "ABCs in Zero-G" for Analog in August 1986, a polished high-tech tale assembled, with other sf and Fantasy, in Lunar Activity (coll 1990) – the title is a play on Moon's name rather than an accurate description of the book's contents. For the first decade of her career she primarily wrote military fantasy, most significantly the Paksennarion multi-part sequence beginning with the Deed 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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