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Gas-s-s-s, Or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World ...

Full title: Gas-s-s-s, or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It. / Film (1970; vt Gas! or It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It). San Jacinto/AIP. Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by George Armitage. Cast includes Talia Coppola, Robert Corff, Bud Cort and Elaine Giftos. 79 minutes cut to 77 minutes. Colour. / In Corman's belated attempt to cash in on the hippy/counterculture movements of the 1960s, a Poison gas makes everyone ...

Torrens, J M

(?   -?   ) New Zealand author who should not be confused with the Catalan composer Josep Maria Torrens (1899-1986). His short Utopia, A Trip to Mars: "An Awful Venture": A Curious Message: Being a Copy of a Circular Addressed to the Inhabitants of this World, by Mr H(omo) V Mundo, the Late Visitor to the Planet Mars (in coll 1901), comprises the first section of the second edition of A Song of Auckland, and Other Verses (coll 1900). The protagonist, propelled by a ...

Schwarz, Liesel

(1974-    ) South African author whose first novel, A Conspiracy of Alchemists (2013), initiates the projected Chronicles of Light and Shadow, a sequence set in a Steampunk version of Europe and London, an Alternate History in which electricity remains the dominant Power Source, and magic enemies Equipoisally threaten to bring about apocalypse. The protagonists of the tale are women; Feminist points are justly made. [JC]

Dolley, Chris

(1954-    ) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Sleeper and the Flame" for the magazine NFG in January 2003 (copyright date given as 2002), and whose promising first novel, Resonance (2005), features an Obsessive-Compulsive protagonist whose Paranoia about the reality of the world – as with several Philip K Dick protagonists – proves justified; his obsessive refusal to step on cracks in the pavement works, for instance, as a kind of ...

Carcosa

1. Carcosa House was a fan-run US specialist publishing house formed to produce the first book edition of Edison's Conquest of Mars (1947) by Garrett P Serviss. No further books appeared. / 2. The name Carcosa (not Carcosa House) was used for a different Small Press founded in 1973 under the direction of David Drake and Karl Edward Wagner (1945-1994). Its first production was Worse Things Waiting (coll 1973) by Manly Wade Wellman, a finely printed, illustrated volume of stories, chiefly ...

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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