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Walkey, S

(1871-1953) UK author, active contributor of boy's stories to various journals from the early 1890s, with an emphasis on pirate tales, with hints of the supernatural that are normally rationalized; the Scarlet Pimpernel-like figure featured in the Jack-a-Lantern sequence is not the superman he seems (see Baroness Orczy). Walkey is of sf interest for In Quest of Sheba's Treasure: A Perilous Adventure by Land and Sea (28 August 1895-?? 1896 Chums; 1897), a tale set in the eighteenth century, when ...

Fantasy [magazines]

Title used on two early UK sf magazines. / 1. UK Pulp magazine published by George Newnes Ltd, edited by T Stanhope Sprigg (1903-1977) as a companion to his highly successful Air Stories. It saw three undated issues released in Summer 1938 and Spring and Summer 1939. Its material, though now badly dated, was typical of the stereotypical pulp fiction of the day and included work by John Beynon Harris (see John Wyndham), John Russell Fearn, Eric Frank Russell and the ageing George C Wallis. ...

Invasion of the Saucer Men

Film (1957; vt Invasion of the Hell Creatures). Malibu Productions, American International Pictures. Produced by James H Nicholson. Directed by Edward L Cahn. Written by Robert L Gurney, Jr and Al Martin, based on "The Cosmic Frame" (May 1955 Amazing) by Paul W Fairman. Cast includes Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Lyn Osborn and Steven Terrell (as Steve Terrell). Special effects by Paul Blaisdell. 69 minutes. Black and white. / Teenagers Johnny Carter (Terrell) and Joan ...

Mythology

The relationship of mythology to sf is close and deep, but not always obvious. Part of the confusion stems from the widely held belief that sf is itself a form of latter-day mythology, fulfilling comparable hungers in us. James Blish took issue with this argument, pointing out that myth is usually "static and final in intent and thus entirely contrary to the spirit of sf, which assumes continuous change". We restrict ourselves below to the role of traditional mythologies in sf and to the ...

Fleming, Peter

(1907-1971) UK journalist, author and travel writer, brother of Ian Fleming, known mainly for such travel books as Brazilian Adventure (1933), whose gritty irreverence (both for the place visited and for the visitor) made him famous. In his spoof sf novel, The Flying Visit (1940), Adolf Hitler parachutes into the UK with amusing results (the book was published before Rudolf Hess's actual descent upon Scotland in May 1941). The tale was reprinted, along with a fantasy, "The Man with Two Hands", ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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