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Gillespie, Bruce

(1947-    ) Australian educational-books and Fanzine editor, critic, essayist and Small Press publisher. Bruce Gillespie entered Fandom in late 1967 after sending Australian SF Review three essays about the works of Philip K Dick. Though not published until ...

One Million B.C.

Film (1940; vt Man and His Mate). Hal Roach/United Artists. Directed by Hal Roach and Hal Roach Jr. Written by Mickell Novak, George Baker, Joseph Frickert, based on a story by Eugene Roche. Cast includes Lon Chaney Jr, Carole Landis and Victor Mature. 85 minutes, cut to 80 minutes. Black and white. / In this not very distinguished Prehistoric SF Romeo-and-Juliet soap opera a young caveman is exiled from the family cave and meets a girl from ...

Janson, Gustaf

(1866-1913) Swedish painter and author, whose pacifist novel, Lögnerna: berättelser om kriget ["The Lies: Tales of the War"] (1912; trans anon as Pride of War 1912), is set mostly in the Turco-Italian war of 1911-1912, but climaxes with a vivid depiction of a Future War in the air as waged by Germany. [JC]

Ness, Patrick

(1971-    ) US author resident in the UK whose first novel, The Crash of Hennington (2003), imports a herd of rhinos to an American seaside town, where strange events ensue (see Equipoise). He is of sf interest for a Young Adult sequence – the Chaos Walking series comprising Chaos Walking, Book One: The Knife of Never Letting Go (2008), which won the ...

Apex Magazine

An initially low-paying magazine originally published as a review-size Print Magazine titled Apex Digest, which then went through an incarnation as a fortnightly cumulative Online Magazine before re-emerging as a monthly downloadable online magazine, paying professional rates, as Apex Magazine. It was published and originally edited by Jason Sizemore but from August 2010 was edited by Catherynne M ...

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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