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Campbell, John W, Jr

(1910-1971) US author and editor who took a degree in physics in 1932 from MIT and Duke University. Campbell was a devotee of the SF Magazines from their inception, and sold his first stories while still a teenager, beginning with "Invaders from the Infinite" to Amazing Stories; however, the manuscript was lost by editor T O'Conor Sloane, so it was his second sale, When the Atoms Failed (January 1930 Amazing; 2016 dos), that became his first published story. An inferior novel drafted circa 1928 ...

Douglas, Carole Nelson

(1944-2021) US author who began her career as a feature writer 1967-1984 for the St Paul Pioneer Press, and whose first books, like Amberleigh (1980), were historical romances. She is best known for energetic, layered high-fantasy tales like Six of Swords (1982), the first volume in her Kendric and Irissa sequence, which continues with Exiles of the Rynth (1984) and segues into the Sword & Circlet sequence with Keepers of Edanvant (1987) and its sequels. Her long Midnight Louie detective ...

Food of the Gods

Film (1976). AIP. Produced and directed by Bert I Gordon. Written by Gordon, based on a "portion" of The Food of the Gods and How it Came to Earth (1904) by H G Wells. Cast includes Pamela Franklin, Marjoe Gortner, Ida Lupino and Ralph Meeker. 88 minutes. Colour. / Set on an island off the coast of British Columbia, Food of the Gods tells of a miraculous foodstuff which oozes from the ground and causes gigantism in all infant creatures that eat it (see Great and Small). Animated wasps, ...

Fountain, The

Film (2006). Warner Brothers Pictures and Regency Enterprises present a Protozoa Pictures/New Regency/Muse Entertainment Enterprises production. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Written by Aronofsky & Ari Handel. Cast includes Ellen Burstyn, Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz. 96 minutes. Colour. / A conquistador seeks the tree of life to save his queen from death, in an unfinished novel by the dying wife of a present-day oncologist racing to find a cure for her brain tumour who stumbles ...

Cossins, George

(circa 1866-?   ) Author – probably Australian but perhaps from New Zealand where he died – of Isban-Israel: A South African Story (1896), a tale in the mode of H Rider Haggard set in North Australia, with false hints of the discovery of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel; it was filmed as Isban-Israel (1920). [JC]

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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