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Hogan, Robert J

(1897-1963) US author, mostly of adventure tales for American Pulp magazines, who is of sf interest mainly for the G-8 and his Battle Aces sequence, all 115 novel-length instalments seemingly written by him. They comprised the essential contents of the 115 issues of G-8 and His Battle Aces (1933-1944); many individual issues have been reproduced in facsimile form in the twenty-first century and sold as books (they are not listed here); earlier, a selection of Hogan's tales were published in ...

Woman Eater, The

Film (1958) (vt Womaneater, 1959). Fortress Film Productions, Ltd/Eros Films (UK), Columbia Pictures (US). Produced by Guido Coen. Directed by Charles Saunders. Written by Brandon Fleming from his original story. Cast includes George Coulouris, Vera Day, Joyce Gregg and Jimmy Vaughn. 70 minutes. Black and white. / The sadistic, misogynist Mad Scientist Dr James Moran (Coulouris) returns from the Amazon with a tentacled carnivorous tree to which he feeds only women in order to extract a ...

Missile to the Moon

Film (1958). Astor. Directed by Richard E Cunha. Written by H E Barrie and Vincent Fotre. Cast includes Nina Bara, Gary Clarke, Tommy Cook, Cathy Downs, K T Stevens, Richard Travis and Michael Whalen. 78 minutes. Black and white. / In this loose remake of Cat-Women of the Moon (1953; vt Rocket to the Moon), members of the dying lunar race send one of their few remaining males, Scientist Dirk Green (Whalen), to Earth, so he can gather information to assist in their planned invasion. To get ...

Files, Meg

(1946-    ) US academic, poet and author whose Meridian 144 (1991) follows the complex life of its protagonist after a world-decimating accidental nuclear Holocaust – she had been scuba-diving in the South Seas at the time – interweaving memories of her stressed earlier life and action decisions necessary in the Post-Holocaust world as she attempts to create an Adam and Eve scenario out of the shambles. [JC]

Presslie, Robert

(1920-2000) UK author who worked as a pharmacy manager in London; he is remembered for readable and occasionally memorable short fiction on conventional Genre SF themes. His first sale was "Trespassers Will Be Prosecuted" in Authentic for June 1955. Presslie was notably prolific in the late 1950s, twice achieving the feat of simultaneous publication in three major UK magazines: Authentic, Nebula Science Fiction and Science Fantasy in October 1957, and Nebula Science Fiction, New Worlds and ...

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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