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Davis, Brett

(?   -    ) US newspaper reporter from 1989, with Aerospace Daily (2001-2005) and subsequently with backfence.com, whose Bone Wars sequence of sf novels, Bone Wars (1998) and Two Tiny Claws (1999), amusingly sets two historical nineteenth-century paleontologists – Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897) and Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899) – against each other in Montana in a search for ...

It Came from Outer Space

Film (1953). Universal. Directed by Jack Arnold. Written by Harry Essex, based on a screen treatment by Ray Bradbury. Cast includes Richard Carlson, Charles Drake and Barbara Rush. 80 minutes. 3-D. Black and white. / This was Arnold's, and Universal's, first venture into the sf/Horror genre; it was also the first sf film to exploit a desert location (here the Mojave Desert), and the ...

Horn, Peter

A House Name claimed to have been used in Ziff-Davis magazines by Henry Kuttner once, for "50 Miles Down" (Fantastic Adventures 1940), and by David Vern (see David V Reed) twice, also in 1940. Peter Horn may, however, be a straightforward pseudonym of Vern's. [JC/PN] links / ...

Michel, John B

(1917-1968) US author and editor of several Fanzines who was a founding member of the New York Futurians, most of whom were influenced by his revolutionary left-wing politics, known as "Michelism". This advocated the harnessing of science and Fandom to work towards a unified world Utopia, a controversial platform widely identified with Communism (Michel was indeed a member of the ...

Counter, Ben

(1979-    ) UK author primarily associated to date with various iterations of the Warhammer Game-oriented universe, though his first work of genre interest, "Hate" for Roadworks in 1999, is not connected. His novels for the universe include three for Warhammer 40,000, beginning with Warhammer 40,000: Soul Drinker (2002); two for Warhammer 40,000: Grey Knights, beginning with ...

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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