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Science Fiction Monthly

1. Name used by Authentic Science Fiction in an early manifestation, May-August 1951. / 2. As Science-Fiction Monthly, Australian Digest-size magazine, published by Atlas Publications, Melbourne; edited anonymously by Michael Cannon. 18 numbered undated issues, August 1955-February 1957. / The fiction, mostly reprinted from various US magazines, was fairly routine, but included some good work by Ray Bradbury and others. The covers were reprinted from the same sources. There was minimal ...

Latham, Philip

Pseudonym used for his sf by US astronomer Robert Shirley Richardson (1902-1981). He began publishing sf in the magazines with "N Day" (January 1946 Astounding), and continued to 1977, with twenty or so stories in all; many had astronomical themes (see Astronomy). The most anthologized is "The Xi Effect" (January 1950 Astounding), in which Earth is found to be in a segment of the Universe that is contracting without limit – leading to Disaster as the shrinkage eventually makes light ...

Vynález Zkázy

Film (1958; vt The Diabolic Invention; vt The Deadly Invention; vt The Fabulous World of Jules Verne; vt Invention of Destruction; vt Weapons of Destruction). Krátký film Praha/Studio loutkových filmů Gottwaldov. Directed by Karel Zeman. Written by Zeman, František Hrubín, based primarily on Jules Verne's Face au drapeau (1896; trans as For the Flag 1897), but also drawing on sections of his Vingt mille lieues sous les mers (1870; trans as Twenty Thousand ...

Watkins, Peter

(1935-    ) UK television and film director. Educated at Cambridge, Watkins worked in documentary films from 1959. He made a reputation with two quasidocumentaries for BBC TV, Culloden (1964) and The War Game (1965), which he novelized as The War Game (1967). He was one of the pioneers of the technique of staging historical or imaginary events as if they were contemporary and undergoing television-news coverage. The War Game (1965) adopted a cinema-verité manner to ...

Undersea Super Train: Marine Express

Japanese animated tv film (1979). Original title Kaitei Chōtokkyū Marin Ekusupuresu; vt Marine Express. Tezuka Productions. Directed by Satoshi Dezaki. Written by Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Hisashi Katsuta, Kaneta Kimotsuki, Mami Koyama, Yoshiko Ōta, Chikao Ōtsuka, Mari Shimizu, Junichi Takeoka and Kōsei Tomita. 91 minutes. Colour. / Shown during Nippon Television Network's 1979 annual charity broadcast, the film stars many of Tezuka's beloved creations, ...

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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