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Sakurazaka Hiroshi

(1970-    ) Japanese author and former computer engineer, whose school-for-sorcerers novella was published as Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahō ["Modern Magic Made Simple"] (fixup 2003) after winning the Shūeisha Super Dash New Novelist competition under the title "Mahō Tsukai no Net" ["Wizard's Web"]. / His "Saitama Chainsaw Shōjo" ["Saitama Chainsaw Girl"] (September 2004 S-F Magazine) won the publication's annual Reader's Award. Subsequent short fiction ...

Attack of the Puppet People

Film (1958; vt Six Inches Tall UK; vt The Fantastic Puppet People). Alta Vista Productions, American International Pictures. Directed and produced by Bert I Gordon. Written by George Worthing Yates from an original idea by Gordon. Cast includes John Agar, John Hoyt, June Kenney (credited as June Kenny) and Jack Kosslyn. 79 minutes. Black and white. / Lonely doll-maker Mr Franzy (Hoyt) hires attractive Sally Reynolds (Kenney) as his new secretary. Soon, she begins dating Bob Westley (Agar), ...

Pressor Beam

Term coined by E E Smith in Spacehounds of IPC (July-September 1931 Amazing; 1947) – initially as "a pusher or presser beam", so spelt – for a Force-Field application that pushes targeted objects away from the beam's projector, reversing the action of the fictional Tractor Beam. In the same year as Smith's story, Neil R Jones's "The Jameson Satellite" (July 1931 Amazing) deploys "radium repulsion rays" (see Elements) to fend off meteors. The pressor beam has been widely adopted by ...

Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine

UK magazine published by Scion, London, for the first seven issues, then Dragon Publications; edited by "Vargo Statten" (Alistair Paterson for seven issues, then John Russell Fearn). 19 issues, January 1954 to [February] 1956. Nominally monthly, but see below. / All but the first two issues were undated. The first three issues were standard Pulp size, if a little thin, then large Digest size to #11 (January 1955), and finally pocketbook size. Intended to be a monthly, it seven times skipped ...

Harte, Bret

Working name of US editor, poet and author Francis Brett Harte (1836-1902), active as a journalist and editor in California from 1857, serving as first editor of the Overland Monthly from July 1868 until he resigned in January 1871; in the UK from 1880. He is best-known for his early poetry, burlesques and fiction, his most familiar story being "The Luck of Roaring Camp" (August 1868 Overland Monthly), a tale with supernatural implications: an infant named Thomas Luck seems to bring luck and ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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