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For Monsters Only

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Published by Robert C Sproul as Major Magazines Incorporated. Editor: Lorraine Newman. Ten issues, November 1965 to June 1972, plus one 1967 Annual edition. Publication schedule was nominally quarterly but in fact very erratic. / Sproul, who had previously issued the magazine Saturn, imitated ...

Richepin, Jean

(1849-1926) Algerian-born poet, playwright and author, in France from an early age, some of whose plays, like La Belle au bois dormant ["The Sleeping Beauty"] (performed 25 December 1907 Théâtre Sarah-Bernhardt, Paris; 1908 chap) with Henri Cain (1857-1937), were fantasy. Over the course of his career he published several fantasies of the grotesque and contes cruels (see Decadence) such as those assembled in his first book, ...

Science Fiction Association

This first attempt at a genuinely national UK organization devoted to furthering the cause of sf in Britain was proposed and launched at the Leeds, Yorkshire, sf Convention of January 1937. It was initially headquartered in Leeds, with E J Carnell's Novae Terrae adopted as the official organ. Another official publication, intended as a respectable front to entice non-fans, was the quarterly ...

Lodestar Award

Award for the year's best Young Adult book, presented at Worldcon in association with the Hugos. Like the John W Campbell Award/Astounding Award, this is voted by the same constituency as the Hugos, using the same ballot form, but is not a Hugo. The chief reason for this distinction is the principle ...


Videogame series (from 1988). Evryware. Designed by Dave Murry, Barry Murry, Dee Dee Murry. / The Manhunter games incorporate the reflex-based gameplay of two-dimensional action games into the puzzle narratives of graphical Adventures, an unusual (and ultimately unsuccessful) combination. There is typically little overlap between the group of Videogame-players who appreciate intense, ...

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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