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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

May, Peter

(1951-    )  Scottish journalist, screenwriter and author, active from around 1970; in France from around 2000. During the first twenty-five years of his career as a screenwriter, he was involved in something like 1,000 television productions, all seemingly nonfantastic. He began to publish fiction with The Reporter (1978), which he serialized for the BBC; most of his later novels have been crime thrillers, including the China Thrillers beginning ...


US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine. Publisher and editor: Mark Frank. 27 issues, appearing on a highly erratic schedule from 1963 to 1977. / Originally launched as a mature alternative to Famous Monsters of Filmland, this well-remembered fanzine featured various aspects of Horror and sf cinema, including articles on director Tod Browning and ...

Hoffmann, E T A

(1776-1822) German composer, painter, lawyer, judge and author. For many years he had thought of himself primarily as a musician, being intensely involved in all aspects of Music, including many critical works and compositions – several of his operas, including Undine (first performed 1816) were produced successfully; in 1810, for the publication of one of these compositions – the Miserere in B Flat Minor ...


Film (1973). Gazotski Films. Written and directed by John Landis. Cast includes Eliza Garrett, Saul Kahn, Landis and Joseph Piantadosi. 77 minutes. Colour. / This was the feature debut of 22-year-old Landis, who went on to bigger things with The Blues Brothers (1980) and An American Werewolf in London (1981), among others. Low-budget, made in two weeks, it is a genuinely funny and affectionate (though deeply undergraduate) Parody ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. ...

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