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Quarber Merkur

Austrian Fanzine; edited by Franz Rottensteiner since its inception in 1963. In the argot of fans, Quarber Merkur is a "sercon" (serious and constructive) fanzine, one of the longest-running and most impressive of its type. It publishes critical, bibliographical, sociopolitical and historical studies of sf, Utopias, weird fiction and Fantasy. Averaging 90 large unillustrated pages per issue, Quarber Merkur has now published around three million words of serious criticism; it had reached #74 by ...

Martin, Troy Kennedy

(1932-2009) Scottish-born scriptwriter, in England from childhood, best known for non-fantastic work such as the BBC police procedural series Z Cars (1962-1978), which he created and for which he supplied scripts intermittently; brother of Ian Kennedy Martin. Some of the Satirical nihilism of his script for the film Kelly's Heroes (1970), directed by Brian G Hutton, disappeared when the studio cut twenty minutes from the film before its release. Martin is of sf interest for his Television ...


US Original-Anthology series edited by George Zebrowski, published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. The first series ran for four volumes, all in paperback: Synergy: New Science Fiction Number One (anth 1987), Synergy: New Science Fiction Number Two (anth 1988), Synergy: New Science Fiction Number Three (anth 1989) and Synergy: New Science Fiction Number Four (anth 1989). It published much longer stories than most anthologies, and the emphasis was on Hard SF or pushing the boundaries of science. ...

Marriott, Michel

(?   -    ) US journalist – he has covered Technology issues for the New York Times since about 1987 – and author whose gonzo Technothriller, The Skull Cage Key (2008), set well into the Near Future in 2041, in a luridly noir New York beset by a craze for Identity Transfer drugs and crooked cops; the descriptions of advances in personal technology are extremely competent. [JC]

Island of Lost Women

Film (1959). Jaguar Productions/Warner Brothers. Produced by George C Bertholon, Albert J Cohen and Alan Ladd. Directed by Frank Tuttle (credited as Frank W Tuttle). Written by Ray Buffum from a story by Prescott Chaplin. Cast includes June Blair, Diane Jergens, Alan Napier, Jeff Richards, John Smith and Venetia Stevenson. 71 minutes. Black and white. / En route to an international news conference in Melbourne, Victoria, commentator Mark Bradley (Richards) and pilot/friend Joe Walker ...

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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