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Greenberg, Martin

(1918-2013) US publisher and anthologist, not to be confused with Martin H Greenberg, who was no relation. In 1948 he cofounded with David A Kyle and others Gnome Press, one of the small but important early publishers of Genre SF in hardcover format. Greenberg edited the Adventures in Science Fiction series of five anthologies for Gnome, comprising Men Against the Stars (anth 1950; cut 1951; differently cut vt 9 Stories from Men Against the Stars 1963), Travelers of Space (anth 1951), with ...


Early item of Terminology coined by Hugo Gernsback as a contraction of "scientific fiction" and thus defined by him in the first issue of Amazing Stories in April 1926 (see Definitions of SF). Gernsback dated his original coinage of the word to 1915, most probably referring to its appearance (in italics) in the opening paragraph of "Thought Transmission on Mars" (January 1916 Electrical Experimenter), the eighth episode of his Baron Muenchhausen's Scientific Adventures sequence. In 1924 he had ...

Laurie, André

Pseudonym of Paschal Grousset (1844-1909), French politician and author. His first political novel, Le rève d'un irreconciliable ["Dream of a Diehard"] (1869) and several political works were published under his real name, but thereafter he used the Laurie pseudonym. While living as a communard exile in London, Laurie wrote the original version of the book which was later published – significantly modified – as Les Cinq Cent Millions de la Begum (1879; preferred trans as The ...

Tales of Frankenstein

Made-for-tv film (1958). Hammer Film Productions/Columbia Pictures Corporation for Columbia Pictures Television. Directed by Curt Siodmak. Produced by Michael Carreras. Screenplay by Henry Kuttner, C L Moore (credited as Catherine Kuttner) and Jerome Bixby (uncredited) from a story treatment by Siodmak based on Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus (1818; rev 1831) by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Cast includes Richard Bull, Anton Diffring, Don Megowan and Helen Westcott. 28 minutes. Black and ...

Caine, William

(1873-1923) UK author, almost invariably of spoofish light fiction and plays. Of greatest sf interest is The Confectioners (1906) with John Fairbairn, set in a UK transformed by the near-future Invention of a substance capable of taking any shape and function, and by the unrest this substance causes when an unscrupulous industrial magnate tries to corner its use. The narrative is conveyed with lame wit and nonsense – Caine is a poor third behind G K Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc in the ...

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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