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Rice, Peter L

(?   -    ) US author of two Ties to Renegade Legion, a Wargame played with cardboard models: Renegade Legion: Damned If We Do (1990) and Renegade Legion #2: Frost Death (1992), and well as one to Battletech: Battletech: Far Country (1994). [JC]

DeLillo, Don

(1936-    ) US author, active from about 1960, though he has never collected his early fiction; after the publication of his first novel, Americana (1970), he very rapidly established a reputation for brilliance and seriousness, and for an unrelentingly adventurous Equipoise in subject matter and shape of story (see also Fabulation); as a Mainstream Writer of SF he has demonstrated an unusual (and increasing) ease with genre modellings. Several of his earlier novels – ...

Lull, D

(?   -?1917) US Methodist minister active in White Plains, New York and author whose Utopia, Celestia (1907), which is set in 1976, is based sanguinedly on Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). [JC]

Fantastic Universe

US Digest-size magazine, last six issues adopted a trimmed Pulp format, though on better quality paper. 69 issues June/July 1953 to March 1960, published by King-Size Publications to July 1959, then by Great American Publications. Fantastic Universe began as a bimonthly, but went monthly in September 1954 and held to that schedule for most of its life except November 1958-September 1959, when it was again bimonthly. Fantastic Universe was published by Leo Margulies as a companion to The Saint ...

One Million B.C.

Film (1940; vt Man and His Mate). Hal Roach/United Artists. Directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr. Written by Mickell Novak, George Baker, Joseph Frickert, based on a story by Eugene Roche. Cast includes Lon Chaney Jr, Carole Landis and Victor Mature. 85 minutes, cut to 80 minutes. Black and white. / In this not very distinguished Prehistoric SF Romeo-and-Juliet soap opera a young caveman is exiled from the family cave and meets a girl from a rival tribe; together they face various ...

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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