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Old Dark House, The

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Fanzine printed on newsprint. Publisher and editor: George LaVoo. Two numbered issues, 1976 and 1977. / This short-lived Monster Movies magazine showed potential and is of some interest despite its swift failure. The second issue carried a lengthy cover story on The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Had The Old Dark House survived for any length of time, it may well have become a title of some merit. Since the 1990s, LaVoo has become a film producer and ...

Scientific Detective Monthly

US letter-size magazine; ten monthly issues, January to October 1930, published by Gernsback Publications, for the first issue, and thereafter by Techni-Craft Publishing Co; edited by Hugo Gernsback, with Arthur B Reeve as editorial consultant. It was a sister magazine to Science Wonder Stories (see Wonder Stories) and Air Wonder Stories. From issue #6 it was retitled Amazing Detective Tales (though Scientific Detective Monthly more accurately described the magazine's contents) and edited by ...

Bruce Gentry: Daredevil of the Skies

US Serial Film (1949). Columbia Pictures. Produced by Sam Katzman. Directed by Thomas Carr and Spencer Gordon Bennett. Written by Lewis Clay, George H Plympton and Joseph H Poland, based on the newspaper Comic strip Bruce Gentry (1945-1951) by Ray Bailey. Cast includes Judy Clark, Tristram Coffin, Ralph Hodges, Tom Neal and Forrest Taylor. 246 minutes. Black and white. / This fifteen-chapter serial is mildly notable for the first film appearance of flying saucers (see UFOs), predating the ...

Denmark

Although one cannot really speak of a Danish sf tradition prior to the 1950s, quite a few Danish authors did write occasional sf works before then. The first such book was Ludvig Holberg's Nicolai Klimii iter Subterraneum (1741 in Latin; trans as A Journey to the World Underground by Nicolas Klimius 1742; reprinted 1974), which was among the earliest works in any language to feature a journey inside a Hollow Earth. The eighteenth century saw a few other satirical and fantastical sf-like works, ...

Nation, Terry

(1930-1997) UK author of television screenplays and other works, latterly resident in the US. He has the distinction of exercising a formative influence on three major sf series, Doctor Who (1963-current), Survivors (1975-1977) and Blake's Seven (1978-1981). / Nation began his writing career producing comedy material, for Tony Hancock among others, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He also produced other work, including adaptations of sf stories such as Philip K Dick's "Impostor" (June ...

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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