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Hathway, Alan

(1906-1977) Author, presumably US, known only for his four 1941 contributions to the Doc Savage universe, all under the usual House Name for that series: Kenneth Robeson. These began with "The Devil's Playground" (January 1941 Doc Savage; 1970). The remaining episodes – "The Rustling Death" (May 1941 ...

Comics Collector

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and slick paper. Published by Krause Publications. Editors: Don and Maggie Thompson. Ten issues, 1983 to 1984. Publication schedule was quarterly. / A companion to Comics Buyer's Guide, this title was somewhat more dedicated than its parent to providing valuation and saleability information on Comics, with a ...

Poole, W Scott

(1971-    ) US academic and author whose studies in horror (see Horror in SF) include Vampira: Dark Goddess of Horror (2014), a study of the actor Vampira (real name Maila Nurmi), most famous in an sf context for her appearance in Edward D Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959); ...


Sf is sometimes considered, especially by its detractors, to be a genre in which machines are more important than people. Definitions of SF often deny this, but the assumption that only Hard SF, dealing with the future of Technology, can be "real" sf is very common. Various kinds of machine have exerted a powerful fascination upon the sf imagination, and the social impact of technology has been a ...

City Beneath the Sea

1. Made-for-tv film (1970; vt One Hour to Doomsday). Twentieth Century-Fox TV Productions for NBC TV. Directed by Irwin Allen. Written by John Meredyth Lucas from a story by Allen. Cast includes Richard Basehart, Robert Colbert, Joseph Cotton, Rosemary Forsyth, Sugar Ray Robinson, Robert Wagner and Stuart Whitman. 100 minutes, cut to 93 minutes. Colour. / Released outside the USA as a feature film called One Hour to Doomsday, this ...

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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