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Wesley, Mary

Pseudonym of UK author Mary Aline Siepmann (née Farmar) (1912-2002) whose first three novels were Young Adult tales somewhat removed from the acerbic, take-no-prisoners, erotically charged adult novels she published in later life, beginning with Jumping the Queue (1983). The Sixth Seal (1969) describes the survival of its protagonists Underground during the course of an unspecific but seemingly planetary Disaster, after which they must attempt to work out how to live in the new world. ...

Future Science Fiction

1. Variant title of Future Fiction in its 1950s incarnation. / 2. Australian Digest-size magazine. Six numbered, undated issues running from July 1953 to March 1955 (two in 1953, three in 1954, one in 1955) published by Frew Publications, Sydney, edited anonymously by Ronald Forster. Forster was assisted in the selection of material for issue #2 by Vol Molesworth and thereafter by Graham Stone. The stories were primarily reprints from various US sources, but issue #5 (December 1954) carried ...

Weber, T C

(?   -    ) US ecologist and author whose Near Future BetterWorld Trilogy sequence beginning with Sleep State Interrupt (2016) focuses on attempts to defeat the media corporation MediaCorp whose BetterWorld, an addictive Virtual Reality site, has hypnotized the planet for the benefit of a tiny number of venture capitalists and a corrupt American president. The protagonist's attempts to awaken Homo sapiens land her first in jail then South America where, hunted ...

Outer Space Jitters

Short US film (1957). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Jules White. Written by Jack White. Cast included Emil Sitka, Gene Roth, Philip Van Zandt, Dan Blocker, Moe Howard, Larry Fine, and Joe Besser. 17 minutes. Black and white. / The Three Stooges (at the time Howard, Fine and Besser), have landed on Venus with Professor Jones (Sitka) and promptly discover that the Venusians are planning to conquer Earth with legions of Zombies. (Dan Blocker, the future star of the western series Bonanza ...

Wood, Walter

(1866-1961) UK editor and author, usually on military matters. In his Future War novel, The Enemy in our Midst: The Story of a Raid on Britain (1906), fifth columnists assist Germany in its Invasion of England, during the course of which London is invested. Wood is now best known as editor of Toilers of the Deep: The Magazine of the Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fisherman from 1913 to 1946. [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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