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Borderlands

Australian Small Press magazine of Speculative Fiction, which included not only fantasy and horror but also Slipstream SF, published and edited in Perth, Western Australia, by a consortium that included Stephen Dedman, Simon Oxwell and Anna Hepworth. It made small token payments for fiction. Its name was derived from a small Convention held in Perth in 2001 which had seen the release of an anthology Borderlands: The World Within (anth 2001 chap) edited by Anna Hepworth, Simon Oxwell and Grant ...

O'Brien, Fitz-James

(1828-1862) Irish-born US author, whose natal name was Michael O'Brien; active from his arrival in New York in 1852 (when he changed his name to Fitz-James O'Brien) until he died of an infected wound in the Civil War. O'Brien contributed numerous poems and minor stories to the magazines, his first work of genre interest being "An Arabian Nightmare" for Household Words in 1851; but his importance rests on a handful of brilliantly original sf tales, which were influential not only on subsequent ...

Schreiber, Joe

(1969-    ) US author mostly of supernatural horror, who has written some Star Wars Ties: of interest is Star Wars: Death Troopers (2009), which conflates the exposing grasp of Horror in SF with the comforting Widescreen Baroque of the Galactic Empire universe of Star Wars, in the story of a Prison ship attacked in empty space by a plague that transforms Rebel inmates and sadistic corrections officers into Zombies. Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown (2014) features a Space-Station ...

Rimmer, Robert H

(1917-2001) US author who became famous with the Harrad sequence beginning with the nonfantastic The Harrad Experiment (1966), notable for its impassioned advocacy of Sex seen as almost always beneficial and liberating, regardless of the sexual orientation and number of partners involved; he also advocated less restrictive definitions of marriage, causing some of his readers in the sf field to associate his advocacies with those articulated by Robert A Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land ...

Land Unknown, The

Film (1957). Universal-International. Produced by William Alland. Directed by Virgil W Vogel. Written by Laszlo Gorog, William N Robson from a story by Charles Palmer. Cast includes Henry Brandon, Phil Harvey, Douglas Kennedy (Captain Burnham), Jock Mahoney, William Reynolds (Lt Jack Carmen) and Shawn Smith. 78 minutes. Black and white. / A US Navy expedition to Antarctica sets off to explore the warm-water lakes discovered in the late 1940s. Traveling by helicopter, Commander Harold ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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