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Jones, Margaret

(?   -    ) UK author and lecturer in human communication studies. In The Day They Put Humpty Together Again (1968; vt Transplant 1968) prosthetic-surgery techniques are used to wire an artist's head to a criminal's libidinous torso. Through the Budgerigar (1970) is a Satirical fantasy. [JC]


US Original-Anthology series edited by Terry Carr for the first seventeen volumes (1971-1987) and renewed by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber for three volumes (1990-1994). This was arguably the best (and longest-lasting) of all original-anthology series in the field. Universe 1 (anth 1971) appeared while Carr was still an editor for its publisher, Ace Books. It soon became peripatetic, the 17 volumes of series one coming from Ace Books (#1-#2), Random House (#3-#5) and Doubleday (#6-#17); ...

Space Ghost

Animated tv series (1966-1968; vt Space Ghost and Dino Boy). Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS-TV. Produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Created by Alex Toth. Directed by Hanna, and Barbera. Writers included Walter Black, William Hamilton, Joe Ruby, and Ken Spears. Space Ghost cast includes Ted Cassiday, Keye Luke, Tim Matheson, Don Messick, Gary Owens and Ginny Tyler. Dino Boy cast includes John David Carson, Don Messick, Gary Owens and Mike Road. Twenty 30-minute episodes overall; 19 ...


Film (1971). Filmers Guild/Heritage Enterprises Inc (re-release). Produced by Michael Kraike. Directed by Harry Essex. Written by Essex. Octaman costume designed by Rick Baker and Doug Beswick. Cast includes Pier Angeli, David Essex, Kerwin Mathews, Read Morgan and Jess Morrow. 76 minutes. Colour. / An expedition to a remote Mexican fishing village, led by Dr Rick Torres (Mathews) and Susan Lowry (Angeli) along with their friend Dr John Willard (Morrow), discovers dangerous amounts of ...

Vance, Steve

Working name of US author Steven Edward Vance (1952-    ), who has since the late 1980s focused largely on horror novels, though he began writing with some unremarkable but competently conceived sf adventures, including Planet of the Gawfs (1977), a Planetary Romance intended to be comic; All the Shattered Worlds (1980), a Space Opera; and The Hybrid (1981), an Apes as Human/Mutant tale. Later novels include The Hyde Effect (1986); The Asgard Run (1990), about a shipwrecked ...

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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