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Crossley, Robert

(1945-    ) Critic and editor, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Primarily known for his studies on Olaf Stapledon, including the biography Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future (1994), and the edited collection of letters traded between Stapledon and his wife Agnes Zena Miller titled Talking Across the World: The Love Letters of Olaf Stapledon and Agnes Miller, 1913-1919 (1987). Crossley visited Miller and received much assistance ...

Beese, P J

(1946-2020) US author whose sf novel, The Guardsman (1988), with Todd Cameron Hamilton, is an unremarkable example of interstellar-empire adventure sf; its nomination for the 1989 Hugo caused some stir, and there was evidence of block voting. When made aware of this, the authors requested that their novel be withdrawn from the ballot. [JC]

Space Men

Film (1960; vt Assignment Outer Space). Titanus/Ultra Films. Directed by Antonio Margheriti credited as Anthony Dawson. Written by Ennio De Concini and Jack Wallace. Cast includes Alain Dijon, Gabriella Farinon, David Montresor, Archie Savage and Rik Van Nutter. 73 minutes. Colour. / For his next assignment, journalist Ray Peterson (Van Nutter) is flown to a space station by pilot Al (Savage); upon his arrival, commander George (Montresor) objects to the presence of this green "outsider", ...

Prince of Darkness

Film (1987). Alive. Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Martin Quatermass (Carpenter). Cast includes Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Donald Pleasence and Victor Wong. 101 minutes. Colour. / An old priest, guardian of a vat containing Satan as a green liquid, dies. Young physicists are brought to the derelict church by another worried priest (Pleasence) to analyse the strange powers here. The church is surrounded by bag ladies and vagrants (one being rock-star Alice Cooper) who kill anybody ...

Harris, Clare Winger

(1891-1968) US author, daughter of F S Winger. Though Francis Stevens had published widely in magazines like Argosy and as early as July 1923 in Weird Tales, Harris seems to have been the first woman to initiate her publishing career in the specialized 1920s sf Pulp magazines in America, beginning with "A Runaway World" for Weird Tales in July 1926 as by Mrs F C Harris. The Fate of the Poseidonia (June 1927 Amazing; 2011 ebook), in which Martians (see Mars) attempt to steal Earth's water, won ...

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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