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Galaxy Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, founded by H L Gold, October 1950 to a single undated letter-size issue (July) 1980, a run of 254 issues; revived January/February 1994 to March/April 1995, for a further eight letter-size issues, with volume numbering starting back at the beginning, giving a total run as a Print Magazine of 262 issues. Thereafter converted to an Online Magazine as Galaxy E-Zine. Published by World Editions (October 1950-September 1951), Galaxy Publishing Corp (October 1951-May 1969), ...

Neville, Kris

(1925-1980) US author – mostly of fiction – who worked for many years as a technical writer specializing in plastics technology, and through his connection with the Epoxylite Corporation co-authored several texts on epoxy resins. He began publishing sf with "The Hand from the Stars" (July 1949 Super Science Stories), and for several years was a prolific contributor to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and other magazines; he wrote some fantasy as by Henderson Starke. His ...

Castletown, Lord

Title used for his fiction by UK author Bernard Edward Barnaby FitzPatrick (1848-1937); The Secret of the Lamas (1889), published anonymously, is an unremarkable Lost Race tale, set in a hidden City in Tibet whose savants are adepts at advanced Physics; the awkwardly couched tales in A Bundle of Lies (coll 1924) include a story about Atlantis rediscovered, and one in which civilization is threatened by a Yellow Peril. [JC]

Altered States

Film (1980). Warner Bros. Directed by Ken Russell. Written by Sidney Aaron (Paddy Chayefsky), based on Altered States (1978) by Chayefsky. Cast includes Bob Balaban, Blair Brown, Charles Haid and William Hurt. 102 minutes. Colour. / Research scientist Jessup (Hurt) experiments with altered states of consciousness, with Drugs, and with a Sensory-Deprivation tank. The alterations allow the primitive DNA in his genes to express itself (see Devolution and Metaphysics for why this is lunatic); ...

Luna, Kris

A House Name used twice for Curtis Warren publications: Stella Radium Discharge (1952) by David O'Brien – continuing his International Research Council Future History sequence whose previous titles had appeared as by Berl Cameron – and Operation Orbit (1953) by William Henry Fleming Bird. [JC/DRL]

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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