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Griffiths, John

(1934-    ) UK author in whose sf novel, The Survivors (1965), an assorted group of folk hang on in a Cornish cave after China starts World War Three. A nonfiction (and significantly unliterary) study, Three Tomorrows: American, British and Soviet Science Fiction (1980), treats the genre as a forum, defined – according to the sociological principles of Karl Mannheim (1893-1947), author of Ideologie und Utopie (1929; trans Louis Writh and Edward Shils as Ideology and ...

Cartier, Edd

Working name of US illustrator Edward Daniel Cartier (1914-2008). After graduating in 1936 from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, Cartier was hired by Street & Smith to work on their Pulp magazines, notably The Shadow (see The Shadow). His skills were noticed by John W Campbell Jr, who began using him in the new magazine Unknown, for which Cartier did over 200 black-and-white interiors and five covers. For many readers Cartier's combination of whimsy and menace summed up the unique ...

Finlay, Roger T

(?   -?   ) US author – possibly a pseudonym used for this sequence – known today only for the Wonder Island Boys series of adventures for the Young Adult market, featuring the exploits of its young castaway protagonists, who discover in the final volume of the series, The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Islands (1915), that the natives of the Archipelago which has offered them a range of experiences are in fact a Lost Race and that the Islands ...

Flesh Gordon

Film (1974). Mammoth/Graffiti. Directed by Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm. Written by Benveniste, William Hunt. Cast includes Suzanne Fields, John Hoyt and Jason Williams. 90 minutes, cut to 84 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Colour. / This burlesque of Flash Gordon began as a cheap soft-porn film, but became relatively expensive as the special effects became more elaborate. Work on it continued for nearly two years and many special-effects technicians were involved, some uncredited; they ...

Worlds of Fantasy

1. UK pocketbook-size magazine, published by John Spencer, London; edited anonymously by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Fourteen numbered, undated issues 1950-1954. / Worlds of Fantasy is almost identical to the other three Spencer juvenile-sf magazines of the 1950s, Futuristic Science Stories, Tales of Tomorrow and Wonders of the Spaceways. These all contained fiction of very low quality, though the present title did include some relatively decent work by John S Glasby and E C Tubb. An ...

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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