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Jungle Woman

Film (1944). Universal Pictures. Directed by Reginald Le Borg. Written by Henry Sucher and Bernard Schubert. Cast includes Acquanetta, Lois Collier, Richard David, Douglass Dumbrille, Samuel S Hinds, Edward M Hyans, J Carrol Naish and Milburn Stone. 61 minutes. Black and white. / A sequel to Captive Wild Woman (1943). Two figures, man and woman, are initially seen struggling; the man produces a hypodermic needle and injects the woman, who falls to the ground apparently dead. The scene ...

Fantastic Metropolis

US cumulative Online Magazine more akin to a website. It ran from 15 October 2001 to 1 January 2006, though the last release was four months late, and though there were regular monthly uploads of fiction and other features these were not in the form of individual issues. It was started by Gabe Chouinard in order to highlight the wider potential of literary science fiction rather than the traditional or commercial material, with an emphasis on urban fiction (see Cities) that would – as ...

Turner, Alice K

(1939-2015) US editor and critic who from 1980 to 2000 served as fiction editor of Playboy, in which capacity her editorial skills were praised by Robert Silverberg; after her departure, Playboy's long-established hospitality to sf was much diminished. She edited two Anthologies of fiction from the magazine, of which The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (anth 1998) is a good and representative selection of genre work published there. With Michael Andre-Driussi she edited Snake's Hands: A ...

Publishing

The history of sf publishing is, in its widest sense, the History of SF itself; this entry, however, is concerned with a much more recent phenomenon, the emergence of Genre SF as an identifiable and distinctive category of publishing, and therefore concentrates on US firms. A great amount of sf was published in the UK 1900-1950, but, although some transplanted US genre sf appeared, until about 1950 most UK firms published sf without any clear generic tagging, whether issued by prestige houses ...

Cook, Diane

(?   -    ) US author whose short stories, assembled as Man v. Nature (coll 2014), manifest a twenty-first century sense that Homo sapiens's occupancy of the planet, and of our claims to pre-emptive Identity, are both fragile. The title story, set on a lifeboat in a vast expanse of ocean, follows the three survivors' attempts to make sense of the End of the World by imagining themselves creating a Television reality show. A similar apocalypse lurks outside the ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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