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Famous Films

Letter-size perfect-bound Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Editor: Russ Jones. Three issues, all in 1964. / Famous Films was apparently the first US Media Magazine to adapt Horror and sf films in photonovel or fumetti form, a practice which was to become very common for some years from the mid-1970s. The adapted stories used numerous black-and-white photographs with attached dialogue captions in the style of Comics speech balloons. Early choices were ...

Fifth Di ..., The

US low-paying Online Magazine which has been produced by a succession of publishers in various formats. It began as a slim, saddle-stapled, desk-top-published Digest magazine in September 1995, founded by James B Baker (1925-2002) and published bimonthly by Sam's Dot's predecessor company, Pro Mart Publishing, Carmichael, California. Baker wanted his publications to educate, and had Brian A Hopkins as science editor, but although he labelled Fifth Di ... as "adult" it was chiefly aimed at a ...

Lacey, Alan

(1926-    ) UK author whose first novel, A Land Without Mercy (1974), combines fantasy and tropes out of Prehistoric SF without much energy in a tale of early Britain. The Love Warrior (1975) is a Planetary Romance set partly on what was once a colony planet of a now forgotten Earth, and where Wars are now conducted by soldiers in medieval garb with advanced Weapons; in a complicated (but somewhat diffusely told) plot, the protagonist becomes a culture hero who, in the ...

Rowe, John Gabriel

(1873-1956) UK editor, screenwriter and author, mostly of tales for boys, though in his later career he published some modestly adoring biographies of British figures, all men; he also wrote as by Mortimer Austin, James Bright, Gregory Dunstan, Arthur Ferris, John Gabriel (this may have been the real name of a different author), Charles Lewis, Charles A Ransome, Alice E Rowe and T B Walters. He was active from before 1890. The range of his work of sf interest has not been definitely ...

Uehashi Nahoko

(1962-    ) Japanese author and anthropologist, professor of ethnology at Kawamura Gakuen Women's University whose work often explores scientific knowledge in pre-modern times. In her academic work, there is a strong strand of publications that interrogate the nature of story-telling in a tribal context. Her doctoral research investigated the Yamatji, an Australian tribe that formed the subject of her sole nonfiction academic book to date, Tonari no Aborigine ["The Backyard ...

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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