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Palumbo, David

(1982-    ) American artist, son of artist Julie Bell and sf scholar Donald E Palumbo, and brother of artist Anthony Palumbo. He received formal training at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts from 2000 to 2004 and was informally mentored by his mother and his stepfather Boris Vallejo. He then became active in a number of areas, including exhibitions of his fine art, advertising, gaming art, and Comics, earning special recognition for his regular contributions to Heavy ...

Lacey, Alan

(1926-    ) UK author whose first novel, A Land Without Mercy (1974), combines fantasy and tropes out of Prehistoric SF without much energy in a tale of early Britain. The Love Warrior (1975) is a Planetary Romance set partly on what was once a colony planet of a now forgotten Earth, and where Wars are now conducted by soldiers in medieval garb with advanced Weapons; in a complicated (but somewhat diffusely told) plot, the protagonist becomes a culture hero who, in the ...

Samuelson, David N

(1939-    ) US sf critic and professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. His PhD dissertation (University of Southern California) was later published by Arno Press as a book, Visions of Tomorrow: Six Journeys from Outer to Inner Space (1975): it contains analyses of novels by Isaac Asimov, J G Ballard, Algis Budrys, Arthur C Clarke, Walter M Miller Jr and Theodore Sturgeon. His next book was Arthur C. Clarke: A Primary and Secondary Bibliography (1984). ...

Krol, Torsten

(?   -    ) Australian author, whose reclusiveness has led to unconfirmed speculations that Torsten Krol is a pseudonym. His first novel, The Dolphin People (2006) skirts the fantastic in its depiction of the extreme behaviour of a German family (including at least one war criminal) whose plane has crashed in the Amazonian jungle just after World War Two, and who must convince the tribe that discovers them that they are in fact descended from dolphins. ...

Revenge of the Creature

Film (1955). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Martin Berkeley, story William Alland. Cast includes John Agar, John Bromfield, Ricou Browning and Lori Nelson. 82 minutes. 3D. Black and white. / The success of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) inspired the inevitable sequel, shot in 3D although seldom projected in that format. This time the Creature (Browning) is captured and taken to an oceanarium in Florida, but it soon breaks out and (some time later, after ...

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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