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Underwood, Tim

(1948-    ) US publisher (see Underwood-Miller Inc), bibliographer of Jack Vance in Fantasy and Science Fiction by Jack Vance (1977 chap) with Chuck Miller and Fantasms: A Bibliography of the Literature of Jack Vance (1978 chap with Daniel J H Levack; rev vt Fantasms II: A Bibliography of the Works of Jack Vance 1979 with Levack and Kurt Cockrum), and anthologist – always in collaboration with his publishing partner Chuck Miller during the Underwood-Miller years. Their ...

Toudouze, Georges-Gustave

Working name of French journalist, playwright and author Henry Georges Edouard Toudouze (1877-1972), many of his novels being for children. Som of these contain at least some fantastic interest, including Le Petit Roi d'Ys ["The Little King of Ys"] (25 January-28 June 1913; 1914; trans Michael West as King of the Undersea City 1938 chap), whose archaeologist protagonist discovers an ancient kingdom Under the Sea (see Lost Race). [JC]

Marriott, Crittenden

(1867-1932) US author, a prolific contributor to magazines during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The Isle of Dead Ships (January-April 1909 The Scrap Book; 1909; vt The Isle of Lost Ships 1930), twice filmed as The Isle of Lost Ships (1923 and 1929), focuses on a well-organized Lost Race occupying a network of ancient ships at the heart of the Sargasso Sea; the plot of the tale, involving a vaguely modernistic submarine, is digressively melodramatic. The Water Devil (July 1912 Blue ...


Film (1954). Ivan Tors/United Artists. Directed and edited by Herbert L Strock. Written by Tom Taggart, from a story by Tors. Cast includes Constance Dowling, Richard Egan and Herbert Marshall. 85 minutes. 3-D. Colour. / In this slow-moving film, originally in 3-D, experiments are being carried out on human subjects in a secret Underground laboratory to determine whether manned space flight is possible. Various pieces of equipment start to behave in a lethal fashion: a man loses his life in ...

Klein, T E D

(1947-    ) US magazine editor and author, principally of horror and weird fiction, who began to publish work of genre interest with The Events at Poroth Farm (December 1972 Beyond the Dark Gateway; 1990 chap), which despite its initial Fanzine appearance was selected for The Year's Best Horror Stories No. 3 (anth 1973) edited by Richard Davis. Klein's well-received horror novel is The Ceremonies (1984), which won a British Fantasy Award as best novel. Short fiction is ...

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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