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Albedo One

Irish low-paying magazine of sf, fantasy and horror fiction which appears irregularly; formerly two or three times per year, latterly once or twice; there was a three-year gap between issue #47 in 2016 and #48 in 2019. First issue, Summer 1993, but undated from issue #4. Originally published by Tachyon Productions, Dublin, Eire, as an A5 booklet, the publisher became Albedo One Productions, Dublin, from issue #12 (1996), and it switched to A4 format. Digital copies in PDF format have also been ...


Polish monthly Magazine launched in the gloomy times of martial law in October 1982 as the first press publication exclusively devoted to Fantastika (John Clute's umbrella term is consciously and deliberately evoked here as derived from the Eastern European languages, including Polish "fantastyka", which universally covers all literature with fantastic elements in it and rather naturally was chosen as the title for the magazine); its scope was wide enough to include both Genre SF, Fantasy, and ...

Beyond the Time Barrier

US film (1960; vt The War of 1995). Miller-Consolidated Pictures/American International Pictures. Produced by Robert Clarke. Directed by Edgar G Ulmer. Written by Arthur C Pierce from his original story. Mutant make-up by Jack Pierce. Cast includes Stephen Bekassy, Robert Clarke, Don Flournoy (Mutant), Vladimir Sokoloff, Darlene Tompkins and Ariane Ulmer (credited as Arianne Arden). 75 minutes. Black and white. / US Air Force test pilot Major William Allison (Clarke) somehow reaches the ...

Romano, Deane

(1927-2011) US author and screenwriter, active in the latter capacity with scripts like "Angels' Flight" (1962). Some of his work dealt with current investigations into parapsychology (see Psi Powers), and his filmscript on this subject was novelized by Louis Charbonneau as The Sensitives (1968). Romano's own sf novel, Flight from Time One (1972), also treated parapsychology, this time in the didactic tale of an elite squad of "astralnauts" whose members take on missions in their astral bodies, ...

Freer, Dave

Working name of South African-born ichthyologist and author David Freer (circa 1958-    ), in Australia from 2010, much of whose work has been collaborations with Eric Flint, though The Forlorn (1999), his first novel, is a solo singleton set on a colony planet where humans and Aliens vie for access to a lost Matter Transmission technology. Series with Eric Flint include the Rats, Bats and Vats and Pyramid sequences, both humorous sf; the Heirs of Alexandria sequence is 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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