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Burtis, Thomson

(1896-1971) US author, several of whose stories were filmed; his novels are usually Young Adult tales involving derring-do in the air, the best-known probably being the Rex Lee sequence beginning with Rex Lee, Gypsy Flyer (1929), none of these titles venturing into the fantastic. Some of his short stories, like "Air Raiders" (February 1925 American Boy) or "Barrett of the Air Police" (January 1928 American Boy) are sf, as is The War of the Ghosts: A Flying Adventure Story (March-June 1932 ...

Outer Space Monsters

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on a mix of newsprint and glossy paper. Published by Condor Books. Editor: Timothy Green Beckley. One issue only, February 1990. / This publication consists mostly of black and white photographs from various Horror and sf films, such as The Abyss (1989) and Strange Invaders (1983), by not means all – despite the title – relating to outer space. Other coverage included articles on special effects artist Paul Blaisdell and ...

Atlas/Seaboard Comics

Seaboard Periodicals was founded in 1974 by former Marvel Comics publisher Martin Goodman and his son Charles "Chip" Goodman. Atlas was the name of the imprint used for Seaboard's Comics titles: the company is referred to as Atlas/Seaboard to avoid confusion with the 1950s Atlas Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. The company attempted to publish a line of colour comics in various genres, including the Superheroes Ironjaw, Tiger-Man and The Cougar (created by Steve Mitchell). A line of ...

Seibel, George

(1872-1958) US journalist, poet and author, of sf interest for The Fall: Being a True Account of What Happened in Paradise, for the Benefit of All Scandal-Mongers, with a New Interpretation of Sacred History, Vindicating Snakes and Apples (1919 chap), an allegorized exercise in Prehistoric SF involving an advanced civilization of Homo sapiens which moves en masse to Venus, leaving behind one recalcitrant couple (see Adam and Eve; Origin of Man). [JC]

Empire of the Ants

Film (1977; vt H G Wells' Empire of the Ants). MGM Studios/Cinema 77/American International Pictures (AIP). Directed by Bert I Gordon. Screenplay by Gordon and Jack Turley, very loosely based on "The Empire of the Ants" (December 1905 Strand Magazine) by H G Wells. Cast includes Joan Collins, Robert Lansing. 82 minutes. Colour. / Unscrupulous real estate developer Marilyn Fryser (Collins) is showing property on an Island near the Florida Everglades to a group of prospective buyers including ...

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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