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Theobald, Ray

(?   -    ) Highly prolific UK artist who was active from 1949 or earlier until 1960, chiefly painting paperback and magazine covers; his lack of visibility in public records as either Ray or Raymond Theobald has led Steve Holland to speculate that the byline may be a pseudonym [see under links below]. Other names used by the same artist are Glen Allen and Ken Ford. / Among the publishers for whom Theobald produced cover art were Curtis Warren (1949-1953), ...

Quatermass Xperiment, The

Film (1955; vt The Creeping Unknown US). Hammer. Directed by Val Guest. Written by Richard Landau, Val Guest, based on the BBC TV serial by Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Brian Donlevy (Quatermass), Jack Warner and Richard Wordsworth. 82 minutes, cut to 78 minutes. Black and white. / It was this film version of the BBC's television serial The Quatermass Experiment that convinced the Hammer company there was money in horror. (The spelling "Xperiment" referred jokingly to the X certificate ...

Aristide, Oana

(?   -    ) Romanian economist, hotelier and author, variously resident in Sweden, UK and Greece. Her first novel, Under the Blue (2021), is set initially in a very Near Future England beset by Climate Change and a Pandemic; the protagonist of the tale, in the company of two women, leaves beleaguered rural Devon for Africa, via a depopulated Europe. At around the same time, at a research establishment within the Arctic Circle, conversations between scientists ...

Moebius Trip

US Fanzine (1969-1980) edited from Peoria, Illinois by Edward C Connor. 28 issues from 1960 to July 1980, issues #17-#28 (including the double issue #23/#24) being retitled S.F. Echo or Moebius Trip Library's S.F. Echo for Connor's much earlier fanzine Science Fiction Echo, launched June 1942. Moebius Trip was a substantial, duplicated fanzine, unusually bound in paperback book format rather than in standard US quarto size. Contents were varied; there was normally a substantial book review ...

Edmonds, Gill

(?   -    ) UK teacher and author whose first novel, The Common (1984), is a Dystopian vision of a Near-Future London where the texture of life has been brutalized by Overpopulation; the common of the title – South London Commons – becomes a haunt of feral children. The Silkie (1986) is fantasy about Scottish mermaids. [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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