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Space Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, Spring and August 1957, published by the Republic Features Syndicate; edited by Lyle Kenyon Engel, with much editorial work, uncredited, by Michael Avallone. Despite featuring such names as Arthur C Clarke, Raymond F Jones, Mack Reynolds and Jack Vance the magazine carried virtually nothing of any consequence. The best story may have been John Jakes's "The Devil Spins a Sun-Dream" (Spring 1957), which transplants a treasure hunt from the Old West to Mars ...

Gerhardi, William

(1895-1977) Russian-born author of English parents, in the UK from before World War One; in later, inactive years he gave his name as Gerhardie, apparently in homage to an earlier more prestigious spelling. He is best known for works outside the sf field like Futility (1922) and The Polyglots (1925). His End-of-the-World novel Jazz and Jasper: The Story of Adams and Eva (1928; vt Eva's Apples: A Story of Jazz and Jasper 1928; vt My Sinful Earth 1947; vt Doom 1974) depicts a Lord Beaverbrook ...

Calvino, Italo

(1923-1985) Italian author, born in Cuba, active from the middle of World War Two, at first with realist works but soon with Gothic, surrealist romances of great vigour and impact, such as Il Visconte dimezzato (1951) and Il Cavaliere inesistente (1959) – translated together by Archibald Colquhoun as The Non-Existent Knight and The Cloven Viscount (omni 1962) – and Il Barone rampante (1957; trans Archibald Colquhoun as Baron in the Trees 1959), three thematically linked fables later ...

Vinton, Arthur Dudley

(1852-1906) US lawyer and author whose Looking Further Backward: Being a Series of Lectures Delivered to the Freshman Class at Shawmut College by Professor Won Lung Li (Successor of Prof Julian West) [for full subtitle see Checklist] (coll 1890) works as a direct sequel to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888), demonstrating how the world of 2000 has been fatally feminized and vulnerable to Invasion; the Future War described by the eponymous professor – his name, when pronounced "One ...

Space Camp

Film (1986). ABC. Directed by Harry Winer. Written by W W Wicket, Casey T Mitchell, from a story by Patrick Bailey, Larry B Williams. Cast includes Kate Capshaw, Tate Donovan, Leaf Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Larry B Scott, Tom Skerritt and Lea Thompson. 108 minutes. Colour. / At a NASA-sponsored summer space camp, a Space Flight simulation in a space shuttle becomes the real thing after the intervention of a well-meaning Robot, and four teenagers and a small boy have to replenish their oxygen ...

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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