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Hansen, Rob

(1954-    ) UK fan, active in Fandom since the mid-1970s, who has edited and co-edited numerous Fanzines including his debut production Epsilon (18 issues 1976-1985) and Pulp (19 issues 1986-1991); his artwork has appeared in many fanzines including his own. He was the 1984 TransAtlantic Fan Fund delegate (see Fan Funds). From 1987 he has released the results of extensive research on the history of UK fandom, beginning with The Story So Far: A Brief History of British Fandom ...

Armour, John

(1889-1954) Australian minister of the Presbyterian faith whose service in the Australian outback 1918-1920 inspired his fiction, of which Burning Air (1928) is sf. The premise – the eponymous radioactive wind promises to be a more or less free Power Source for Australia – is of potential interest, but the story itself is impossibly awkward, the author shows no real gift at landscape description, speculative gifts are absent, and singularly unpleasant racist emotions shape the ...

Dehn, Paul

(1912-1976) UK author of film reviews, verse, essays, plays and screenplays. His book Quake, Quake, Quake: A Leaden Treasury of English Verse (coll 1961) is a sequence of Parody verses, darkly illustrated by Edward Gorey, whose treatment of the nuclear age and the possibility of Holocaust is full of gallows humour, as in an often-quoted quatrain: / O nuclear wind, when wilt thou blow That the small rain down can rain? Christ, that my love were in my arms And I had my arms ...

Fantastic Journey, The

US tv series (1977). Bruce Lansbury Productions/Columbia Pictures TV/NBC. Produced by Leonard Katzman. Writers included Michael Michaelian, Kathryn Michaelian Powers and the story editor, D C Fontana. Directors included Andrew V McLaglen (pilot episode), Vincent McEveety. Cast includes Carl Franklin, Jared Martin and Roddy McDowall. One season, pilot episode of 75 minutes plus nine 50-minute episodes. Colour. / The pilot episode has explorers entering the Bermuda Triangle, an ocean area in ...

Archer, Lee

Ziff-Davis House Name used 1956-1957 on three stories in Amazing and Fantastic. "Escape Route" (March 1957 Amazing) is by Harlan Ellison. The authors of the others have not been identified, though "Peter Merton's Private Mint" (October 1956 Fantastic) has also, implausibly, been credited to Ellison. [PN/MA]

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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