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Amateur Magazine published from Oxford, Oxfordshire, by members of the Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group. The various editors/co-editors included Chris Morgan as C J K Morgan, Diana Reed, Allan Scott, Kevin Smith and (new series) Neal Tringham. First series of twelve issues, 1969-October 1978, initially duplicated on UK quarto paper (10 x 8 in), with lithographed covers from #4 (August 1971); A4 litho throughout from #6 (October 1972). "New series" with seven known issues, restarting ...

Smith, Clint

(?   -    ) US technical writer and author of Infusion (2004), a tale combining aspects of Space Opera – two Consortium planets band together to send an expedition to Earth to plunder it of its "dattan", a resource needed back home – and Ecological fiction: the approaching crisis is seen through from the perspective of a galactic team whose task it is to prevent the environmental degradation of planets containing sentient life. Smith should not be ...

Kennicott, Ada M

(1860-1926) US author of Under Red Pillars (1902), a Lost World tale couched as a retelling of European fairy tales, at least one episode taking place in a Hollow Earth venue. [JC]


Film (1983). Sherwood Productions/MGM/UA. Directed by John Badham. Written by Lawrence Lasker, Walter F Parkes. Cast includes Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Barry Corbin, Ally Sheedy and John Wood. 113 minutes. Colour. / Senior defense officials in Colorado are seen deciding to transfer responsibility for responding to a Soviet attack from fallible humans to a Computer installation. Meanwhile in Seattle, teenager David (Broderick) attempts to use his own computer to hack into the ...

Wilson, Gahan

(1930-2019) American artist and author, best known for his work outside the genre as a cartoonist, his career beginning in the mid-1940s; associated mainly for many decades with such Slick magazines as Playboy (from 1957) and The New Yorker (from 1980). The bizarre and often macabre sense of Humour he displayed in his innumerable cartoons, though influenced by such precursors as Charles Addams, has had a broad impact on the style and substance of American culture as a whole. He drew in ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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