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Buntline, Ned

The principal pseudonym of Edward Zane Carroll Judson (circa 1821-1886) [he lied variously about his age], US publisher, entrepreneur, and author primarily of dime novels (see Dime-Novel SF) – perhaps as many as 500 of them – under various names, though mainly as by Buntline, a pseudonym he used most notoriously for Westerns. He remains best known for his transformation of William F Cody (1846-1917) into Buffalo Bill, a process he began when Cody was a young man, with Buffalo Bill, ...

Collin de Plancy, Jacques

(1793-1881) French demonologist and author, born without the aspirational "de Plancy", though he used the full name for much of his life; best known for his Dicionnaire Infernal ["Dictionary of the Infernal"] (1818), which he added and republished in various forms over several decades. He is of Proto SF interest for Voyage au centre de la terre, ou, Aventures diverses de Clairancy et de se compagnons, dans le Spitzberg, au Pôle-Nord, et dans des pays inconnus [subtitle translates "Or, ...

Peary, Danny

(1949-    ) US film scholar and author of many works on sports. He is perhaps best known for his first book, Cult Movies: The Classics, the Sleepers, the Weird and the Wonderful (coll: 1981), and its two sequels; these include a number of entries on Horror and sf Cinema. Of direct sf interest is Omni's Screen Flights/Screen Fantasies: The Future According to Science Fiction Cinema (anth: 1984; vt Journeys to the Future: Tomorrow's World in Science Fiction Cinema 2005), much ...

Bruce, Muriel

(1890-1981) Canadian musician, journalist and author whose long-held interests in Theosophy, and other systems of transcendental knowledge, are reflected in her Lost Race novel, Mukara (1930), which is set far up the Amazon River. The protagonists, following a centuries'-old manuscript, discover an Apes as Human tribe, which they are able to escape, eventually reaching their goal, a City in a hidden valley inhabited by descendants of the land of Mu, which had been destroyed in the Flood. Radium ...

Russell, Ray

(1924-1999) US author, editor and screenwriter whose work (although he wrote several stories for the SF Magazines) was mostly horror, supernatural, Fantasy and Gothic fiction for the Slicks. His first published story was "The Lesser Sin" (1953 Esquire) and his best-known is "Sardonicus" (January 1961 Playboy), assembled with other novellas as Sardonicus and Other Stories (coll 1961) and filmed as Mr Sardonicus (1961), produced and directed by William Castle. Russell was associate editor of ...

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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