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Nowlan, Philip Francis

(1888-1940) US author whose first sf story, "Armageddon – 2419 A.D." (August 1928 Amazing) – published in the same issue of Amazing Stories that featured the inception of E E "Doc" Smith's Skylark saga – introduced Anthony "Buck" Rogers to the world, helping to inaugurate the reign of full-grown interstellar Space Opera in American sf. This and a sequel, "The Airlords of Han" (March 1929 Amazing), were revised and put together in 1962, long after Nowlan's death, as Armageddon ...

Dangerous Visions

Original Anthology series edited by Harlan Ellison. Dangerous Visions (anth 1967), whose success inspired its successors, was a massive and influential anthology of 33 stories and copious prefatory material; it became strongly identified with the New Wave in the USA. Among its stories, "Aye, and Gomorrah ..." by Samuel R Delany, "Gonna Roll the Bones" by Fritz Leiber and "Riders of the Purple Wage" by Philip José Farmer won major awards, respectively a Nebula as best short story, a Hugo ...


US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Norman H Kietzer. No editor named. One undated issue only, 1980. / This was an attempt by Kietzer of Serial World to enter the field of Monster Movie magazines with a product featuring articles on and photographs from Godzilla (1954), a filmbook of The Wolfman (1941) and coverage of similar productions. Clearly emulating Famous Monsters of Filmland, Kietzer had unfortunately delayed until the demand for such ...

Hall, George Rome

(1864-1938) UK author of a Future War tale, The Black Fortnight; Or, the Invasion of 1915 (1904), Germany being the invader. [JC]

Nuetzel, Charles

(1934-    ) US self-styled hack author, son of illustrator Albert Nuetzel (1901-1969), who began publishing work of genre interest with "A Very Cultured Taste" (1960 Jade Magazine); in various genres, under a variety of names, he wrote over seventy paperback novels. Lost City of the Damned (1961 as by Alec Rivere; exp vt Jungle Jungle 1969 as Nuetzel) was a routine though very late Lost Race tale. Lovers: 2075 (1964) as by Charles English, only mildly erotic – like ...

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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