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Plan 9 from Outer Space

Film (1959). Reynolds Pictures. Written and directed by Edward D Wood Jr. Cast includes Criswell, Tor Johnson, Bela Lugosi, Vampira (Maila Nurmi) and Gregory Walcott. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Enduringly strange B-picture mixing UFOs and Zombies in a free-associating quasi-plot about Alien visitants reanimating the dead in an attempt to warn humanity about the cosmic destructive powers of an imminent post-Nuclear Energy technology which threatens to convert the Sun into a Holocaust ...

Stead, F Herbert

(1857-1928) UK minister and author, instrumental in the campaign that led to the passing of the Old Age Pension act in 1908; brother of W T Stead. No More War!: "Truth Embodied in a Tale" (1917), set initially in World War One, extends into the Near Future as the conflict continues, until it must be brought to a stop. [JC]

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America

A professional guild created in 1965 as Science Fiction Writers of America, to inform sf writers on matters of professional interest, to promote their professional welfare, and to help them deal effectively with publishers, agents, editors and anthologists; in 1992 (see below) it was renamed the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America while retaining the initial SFWA; in March 2022 it was announced that these same initials would henceforth stand for the more global Science Fiction and ...

Nevins, Thomas

(?   -    ) US publisher and author, whose The Age of the Conglomerates: A Novel of the Future (2008) is set in a Dystopian Near Future America, in about the year 2050: the land has fallen into the hands of private enterprise; Coots (the elderly) are housed in restrictive Keeps in the American desert; the Chairman of the Conglomerates demands of the protagonist that she apply her Genetic Engineering skills to the task of making him younger. The tale is urgent, ...

Howard, Ivan

(?   -    ) US editor who produced ten Anthologies 1962-1967 for Belmont Books, an imprint owned and/or published by Louis Silberkleit (1900-1986). Beginning with The Weird Ones (anth 1962; Howard uncredited) and until Now & Beyond (anth 1965), these anthologies invariably drew their contents from magazines run by Silberkleit, including Dynamic Science Fiction, Future Science Fiction and Science Fiction Quarterly, all edited by Robert A W Lowndes. A final ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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