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Owen, David

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author of Young Adult novels. His first, Panther (2015), rims Fantastika edgily in the story of a panther loose in London that the protagonist hopes to trap, in order to lift himself from depression caused in part by living in the suburbs. In The Fallen Children: They Will Rise (2017) a similar world is suddenly overturned when four adolescent girls on the Midwich Estate disappear overnight while all around them fall mysteriously ...

Alligator People, The

Film (1959). Associated Producers. Directed by Roy Del Ruth. Written by Orville H Hampton from a story by Hampton, Charles O'Neal, and Robert M Fresco (uncredited). Cast includes Bruce Bennett, Lon Chaney, Richard Crane, Beverly Garland, Douglas Kennedy and George Macready. 73 minutes. Black and white. / Joyce Webster (Garland) goes to see two psychiatrists, Dr Eric Lorimer (Bennett) and Dr Wayne MacGregor (Kennedy) over recurring nightmares she is suffering from. They give her "truth ...


Swedish SF Magazine with 119 issues published from March 1954 to Spring 1966. Digest-sized, 96pp (occasionally 112pp) plus cover, supposedly edited throughout by Kjell Ekström (but see below) and published monthly, though from the beginning the July and August issues were combined into one; in 1957 and 1961 also the May and June issues; in 1960 the June/July and August/September issues; in 1964, June/July, August/September and November/December were combined with only nine issues ...

Gotham Girls

Animated webcast/home video series (2000-2002). DC Comics/Noodle Soup Productions/Warner Brothers Animation. Produced by Alan Bruckner. Directors unknown. Writers: Hilary J Bader and Paul Dini. Cast includes Adrienne Barbeau, Jennifer Hale, Bob Hastings, Diane Pershing, Stacie Randall, Arleen Sorkin and Tara Strong. 30 episodes of varying length, average 3 to 5 minutes. Colour. / This series was a spinoff from The Adventures of Batman and Robin (1992-1995), although neither of those ...

Franklin, Cheryl J

(1955-    ) US author, most of whose work fits into a two-part sequence, beginning with the fantasy Fire Lord/Magical Tales of the Taormin books [see Checklist] and continuing with the fantasy-like sf Network/Consortium series, comprising The Light in Exile (1990), The Inquisitor (1992) and Ghost Shadow (1996), set in a Planetary Romance venue, into which interstellar vampires are imported. [JC]

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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