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Blanchard, Charles Elton

(1868-1945) US doctor and author whose The Nut Cracker and Other Human Ape Fables (coll 1911) contains at least one Apes as Human tale, and one involving a Lost Race; A New Day Dawns: A Brief History of the Altruistic Era (1930-2162 A. D.), A. E. 200 (1932) is a Utopia in which the humane suasion of science increasingly benefits humanity. Blanchard's Epitome of Ambulant Proctology (1925) was a work of exemplary clarity. A medical chair was founded in his honour at Case Western Reserve ...

Fascinating Tales

Zimbabwean Fanzine, edited from Harare by Howard Dean, roughly quarterly, published between 1994 and 1997 with ten issues produced in total. The focus of Fascinating Tales was genre fiction, including sf, Fantasy, supernatural and Horror tales, written by local authors. Of 55 stories published, 48 were by Zimbabwean writers. It also occasionally published reviews and Comics. Though short-lived, Fascinating Tales was a unique publication of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa (excepting South ...

Lesson, The

Armenia animated film (1987). Armenfilm. Directed and written by Robert Sahakyants. 17 minutes. Colour. / The first passenger-carrying starship (see Spaceships) lands on a planet whose flora and fauna mostly resemble portmanteaus of Earth species (see Life on Other Worlds). The trigger-happy tourists begin hunting them, only to find the dead Alien's cellular structure imprints itself onto their own, whereupon they turn into their victims (see Shapeshifting). The exception is the sole female ...

Briggs, Ian

(?   -    ) UK scriptwriter and actor who wrote two Television serials for the Doctor Who universe, each featuring the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy: "Dragonfire" (23 November 1987 to 7 December 1987), which he novelized as Doctor Who: Dragonfire (1989); and "The Curse of Fenric" (25 October 1989 to 15 November 1989), which he novelized as Doctor Who: The Curse of Fenric (1990). [JC]

TV Greats: Space Stars of Movies and TV

US letter-size Cinema/Television magazine printed on newsprint paper. Publisher: Sterling's Magazines Inc. No editor named. Four issues from 1978 to 1980. / This magazine's parent publication TV Greats, launched in October 1977, was devoted to general film and television. Recognizing that Fantasy and sf had again become seriously profitable, Sterling cashed in with four erratically published special issues that focused on genre material under the title TV Greats: Space Stars of Movies and ...

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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