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Berry, John D

(1950-    ) American fan, author, typographer and graphic designer, longtime partner of author Eileen Gunn; he primarily works as an editor, book designer, design writer, and type consultant for software companies, including in the past Microsoft. Almost all of Berry's sf-related writings have appeared in Fanzines, although he published one short story in Jessica Amanda Salmonson's anthology Tales by Moonlight (anth 1983), as well as a number of columns reviewing Fanzines ...

Godfrey, Martyn N

(1949-2000) UK-born author who emigrated to Canada in 1957. His sf, mostly written for the Young Adult market, includes The Vandarian Incident (1981), Alien Wargames (1984), The Last War (1986 chap) – a Post-Holocaust tale – More than Weird (1987) and I Spent My Summer Vacation Kidnapped into Space (1990). None markedly strove to stand out from the routine. [JC]


US psychedelic rock band with an interest in science-fictional tropes. Spirit's eclectically inventive melange of style and subject is little listened-to now, although their fourth album Twelve Dreams of Doctor Sardonicus (1970) captures the late hippy blend of Mother Nature and the extraterrestrial cosmos in an interesting way, and Future Games (1977) bends the California experience around the lines of force of television science fiction, including Star Trek ("Bionic Unit", "Star Trek ...

Woman Eater, The

Film (1958) (vt Womaneater, 1959). Fortress Film Productions, Ltd/Eros Films (UK), Columbia Pictures (US). Produced by Guido Coen. Directed by Charles Saunders. Written by Brandon Fleming from his original story. Cast includes George Coulouris, Vera Day, Joyce Gregg and Jimmy Vaughn. 70 minutes. Black and white. / The sadistic, misogynist Mad Scientist Dr James Moran (Coulouris) returns from the Amazon with a tentacled carnivorous tree to which he feeds only women in order to extract a ...

Slipstream SF

A term devised, apparently by Bruce Sterling – in part as a pun on, or echo of, Mainstream – to designate stories which make use of sf devices but which are not Genre SF. The image is either nautical or aeronautical: a ship or an airplane (either of which stands for genre sf) can create a slipstream which may be strong enough to give non-paying passengers (Paul Theroux, say) a ride. As a description of commercial piggybacking, the term seems apt; however, when used to designate the ...

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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