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Gowland, John Stafford

(1898-1959) UK author whose sf novel, Beyond Mars (1956), treats, perhaps rather too primitively, Space Flight to the Moon and beyond by use of Antigravity; Aliens are encountered, as a matter of course. [JC]

Evans, Bill

Working name of US chemist and author William Harrington Evans (1921-1985) for his sf studies and involvement in fandom, which began with bibliographical and other work in the 1940s and 1950s, most notably in The Fanzine Index, a journal he published with Bob Pavlat (1926-1983) through 1952. The Fanzine Index catalogued Fanzines and was later assembled into a single volume, ...

Buchanan, Robert

(1841-1901) UK poet, playwright, author and controversial journalist now almost exclusively remembered for his contumelious assaults in the press on Algernon Swinburne (1837-1909) and the Pre-Raphaelites, on account of their sexual and other "fleshly" "excesses". During his lifetime he was best known for his voluminous poetry, which now seems turgid. Very early in his prolific career, he published a mildly Dickensian volume of Club Stories, ...

Love War, The

Made-for-tv film (1970). Paramount/ABC-TV. Directed by George McCowan. Written by Guerdon Trueblood, David Kidd. Cast includes Harry Basch, Lloyd Bridges, Angie Dickinson and Dan Travanti. 74 minutes. Colour. / Six Aliens from two warring planets arrive on Earth for a duel to the death to decide which of those planets is the victor. Four are eliminated; one survivor (Bridges) opts to try to stop the fight, remain on Earth, merge with the natives, and have a ...

Arkell, Will J

(1856-1930) US author of Napoleon Smith (1888) with A T Worden (?   -?   ), writing together as by A Well-Known New Yorker. Arkell, a wealthy US businessman, had bought Judge magazine in the mid-1880s (and used it as a Republican platform to attack the Democratic administration): the novel – a tame political Satire set in the Near Future – appeared from The Judge Publishing ...

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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