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Meik, Vivian

(1894-1955) Indian-born engineer and author, in active service during World War One, during which he was wounded at least once; in UK during his adult life until 1947, then in USA. The Geoffrey Aylett sequence beginning with Devils' Drums (coll of linked stories 1933) is primarily supernatural, with an occult tinge, though verging at point into Horror in SF. His only singleton, ...

Turner, Jesse Lee

(1938-    ) US rockabilly singer who had a single big sf novelty hit, "The Little Space Girl", which was released by Carlton Records in December 1959 and reached the top 20 on the record charts. Although credited to Turner, this was actually written by his cousin, singer-songwriter Floyd Robinson; it tells the story of a man who encounters an Alien girl from outer space during a walk in the park. She tells him she wants to marry him. He is repelled ...

Gunn, James E

(1923-2020) US author, critic and teacher, born in Kansas City and educated at the University of Kansas, where he worked and taught – ultimately as professor of English and journalism and Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction, now the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction – from 1958 to 2010, and where he remained Professor Emeritus until his death. Throughout his academic career, he published considerable sf criticism, beginning with excerpts from his MA ...

Castle of Frankenstein

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Gothic Castle Publishing Company Incorporated. Editors included Calvin T Beck, Larry Ivie and Bhob Stewart. 25 issues 1962 to 1975 plus one Annual edition. Publication, though nominally quarterly, was very erratic. / This is widely considered the best of the US Monster Movies magazines, eclipsing ...


US tv series (2008-2013). Created by J J Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. Producers include Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci, Bryan Burk, and Jeff Pinkner. Directors include Brad Anderson, Joe Chappelle, Fred Toye, and Akiva Goldsman. Writers include Abrams, Kurtzman, Orci, Pinkner, J H Wyman, and Goldsman. Cast includes Anna Torv as Agent Olivia Dunham, John Noble as Dr Walter Bishop, Joshua Jackson as Peter Bishop, Lance Reddick as Agent Phillip Broyles, ...

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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