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Nicolson, Marjorie Hope

(1894-1981) US scholar and academic, in the latter role at Smith College from 1929 to 1941, and at Columbia University from 1941 until 1962. Some of her work – like Newton Demands the Muse: Newton's Opticks and the Eighteenth Century Poets (1946) – is indirectly useful to students of Proto SF. Of direct interest in the study of early works in the field are two books focusing on the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: A World in the Moon: A Study of the Changing Attitude toward the ...

Eerie, Indiana

US tv series (1991-1992). Cosgrove/Meurer Productions for NBC-TV. Created by José Rivera. Produced by Rivera, Walter Barnett, Michael Cassutt. Directors included Bob Balaban, Joe Dante, and Mark Goldblatt. Writers included Cassutt, Matt Dearden. Cast includes Julia Condra, Francis Guinan, Mary-Margaret Humes, Omri Katz and Justin Shenkarow. Nineteen 30-minute episodes. Colour. / When the Tellers (Guinan and Humes) move to the small town of Eerie, Indiana, their twelve-year-old son ...

Gwinn, D Howard

(1857-1938) US author of whom nothing is known beyond his sf novel, The Gold of Ophir (1898), whose protagonists find the entrance to an Underground Lost World, and are able to determine that the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel settled there, and were the progenitors of the later Aztecs. [JC]


UK letter-size magazine; five monthly issues, January to May 1977, published by Shalmead (January-February), Container Publications (March) and Cerberus Publishing (April-May); edited by Keith Seddon. Vortex was a glossy magazine with some interior illustrations in full colour. The first three covers, by Rodney Matthews, suggested an orientation towards fantasy which was not evident in the actual magazine. Issues #1-#4 serialized Michael Moorcock's The End of All Songs (1976); #5 for May ...

Jay, Victor

Pseudonym of Victor J Banis (1937-2019), who is perhaps best known for transgressive 1960s novels like The Affairs of Gloria (1964), which was unsuccessfully prosecuted for obscenity by officials in Sioux City, Iowa, and for The Man from C.A.M.P. sequence of gay detective novels. Early pseudonyms include Jay Vickery, under which he wrote one sf novel, Man Into Boy (1968), and the House Name J X Williams; in the 1970s he wrote gothic romances as by Jan Alexander and Lynn Benedict and other ...

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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