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Fantasy and Science Fiction

The often-used short form of the title of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, often referred to, in this encyclopedia and elsewhere, as F&SF. [PN] links / The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Science Fiction League

Launched April 1934 by Charles D Hornig and Hugo Gernsback through Wonder Stories, the Science Fiction League was the first and most successful of several professionally sponsored sf organizations. The formation of local chapters in the USA, Australia, and the UK brought sf readers together and provided a firm foundation for present-day sf Fandom; in particular, the establishment of the Leeds and Nuneaton Science Fiction League chapters led directly to the first UK Fanzines. [PR]

Harper, Olive

Pseudonym of US poet, journalist and author Helen Burrell D'Apery (1842-1915) for at least two tales with some sf interest: The Show Girl: Or, the Cap of Fortune (1902), in which an Underground realm inhabited by a Lost Race of Immortal Greeks with Magic powers is found under Cyprus; and The Sociable Ghost [for subtitle see Checklist below] (1903), much of the latter also being set Underground, beneath a New York churchyard. Of more specific sf interest is A Fair Californian (1889), whose ...

Utpatel, Frank

(1905-1980) American artist. A lifelong resident of Wisconsin, Utpatel entered the field of sf art because of his friendships with writers August Derleth and Mark Schorer. Although he reportedly did some interior illustrations for Weird Tales, he is best known for his Arkham House book covers, beginning with H P Lovecraft's The Shadow over Innsmouth (1936). / Utpatel's covers tended to consist of moody, black-and-white images, like his silhouetted figure stalking through a forest for the ...

Giant from the Unknown

Film (1958; vt Giant from Devil's Crag). Screencraft Enterprises/Astor Pictures Corporation. Produced by Arthur A Jacobs. Written by Frank Hart Tauss and Ralph Brooke. Directed by Richard E Cunha (credited as Richard Cunha). Makeup by Jack Pierce. Cast includes Morris Ankrum, Buddy Baer, Sally Fraser and Ed Kemmer (credited as Edward Kemmer). 77 minutes. Black and white. / In the sixteenth century, Vargas the Giant (Baer) – a depraved, degenerate Conquistador of great size – and ...

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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