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Burtis, Thomson

(1896-1971) US author, several of whose stories were filmed; his novels are usually Young Adult tales involving derring-do in the air, the best-known probably being the Rex Lee sequence beginning with Rex Lee, Gypsy Flyer (1929), none of these titles venturing into the fantastic. Some of his short stories, like "Air Raiders" (February 1925 American Boy) or "Barrett of the Air Police" (January 1928 American Boy) are sf, as is The War of the Ghosts: A Flying Adventure Story (March-June 1932 ...


Intelligence is necessarily one of the issues discussed in the entries on Aliens, Anti-Intellectualism in SF, Cybernetics, Mutants and Superman. Machine intelligence is discussed under Computers and Robots; for amplification of human intelligence via computer enhancement or interfacing, see Cyborgs and Singularity. This entry is restricted to stories in which the emphasis is on the actual workings of intelligence in living beings. / Much sf refers to intelligence, but a surprisingly small ...

Eardley-Wilmot, S

(1847-1929) UK author, a minor Eardley-Wilmot, author of two Future War tracts, both set at sea: The Next Naval War (1894) and The Battle of the North Sea in 1914 (1912 chap) as by Searchlight; Britain is involved on both occasions. [JC]

Biemiller, Carl L

(1912-1979) US businessman, journalist and author, of sf interest for his two series of novels for older children: the Jonny sequence comprising The Magic Ball from Mars (1953) and Starboy (1956); and, more interestingly, the Post-Holocaust Hydronauts sequence – The Hydronauts (1970), Follow the Whales: The Hydronauts Meet the Otter People (1973) and Escape from the Crater (1974) – focusing on the aquatic adventures of a group of trainees in the Ranger Service, which controls ...

Cult Movies & Video

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Publisher: Wack "O" Publishing. Associate Editor: Jan Henderson. 41 issues, 1990 to 2004. Publication schedule was generally quarterly. / A Semiprozine which gained considerable bookshop distribution in the US during the 1990s, this was largely concerned with vintage films and personalities associated with Fantasy, sf and Horror films, plus some Television coverage. Featured works included the films of Bela Lugosi and ...

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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