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Galloway, James M

(?   -?   ) US author of John Harvey: A Tale of the Twentieth Century (1897; vt Lock and Key 1899 as James M Galloway) as by Anon Moore, a socialist Utopia in the middle of the twentieth century made possible through Harvey's discovery of two "miracle metals", and upon the Weapons whose Invention this enables; later, during a brief 1931 Future War between America and Great Britain, Harvey intervenes, single-handedly defeating the British. A few years after this, ...


The journal of the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA). There have been 281 issues from 1958 to Winter 2015-2016. / Vector has been published since the foundation of the BSFA in 1958, fairly regularly since the 1970s. E C Tubb was its first editor (#1), and it has had many editors since then, including Terry Jeeves (#2-#4, 1958-1959) and Michael Moorcock briefly as co-editor (#5-#7, 1959-1960). Both production and literary quality have fluctuated severely from editor to editor, and ...

Baines, Elizabeth

Pseudonym of UK author, playwright and sometime teacher, actor, editor and publisher Helen White (1947-    ). Her first novel The Birth Machine (1983; text restored 1996) is dark semi-surrealist sf with ingredients of Feminism, built around an initially conforming citizen stirred to rebel. Baines states that inappropriate editing on its first appearance led her to self-publish a second edition as an "author's cut". The novel was adapted as a BBC Radio 4 Monday Play, ...

Cat-Women of the Moon

Film (1953; vt Rocket to the Moon). Z-M Productions. Directed by Arthur Hilton. Writers Jack Rabin and Al Zimbalist (story); Roy Hamilton (screenplay). Cast includes Victor Jory, Sonny Tufts and Marie Windsor. 64 minutes. Black-and-white. / Pioneering astronauts led by captain Laird Grainger (Tufts) land on the far side of the Moon, whereupon they promptly discover a cave with a breathable atmosphere and a civilization of beautiful, seductive women given to wearing sultry black leotards and ...

Smith, A C

(1925-2011) UK author of a modest Space Opera, A Glimpse of Judgement (1978), for Robert Hale Limited. [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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