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Auden, W H

Working name of Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-1973), UK poet, playwright, librettist and critic; he was Oxford Professor of Poetry 1956-1961. His verse combined wide-ranging technical brilliance with an early fascination for modern Technology, especially that associated with mining and Transportation: aviation is sinisterly glamourized in "Journal of an Airman" (in The Orators, coll 1932) (see also Pax Aeronautica; Rex Warner). The play On the Frontier: A Melodrama in Two Acts (first performed ...

Sealed Book, The

Radio series (1945). The Mutual Broadcasting Network. Created and written by Robert Arthur and David Kogan. Produced by Jock MacGregor. Host and narrator: Philip Clarke. 26 30-minute episodes. / A spin-off from The Mysterious Traveler (1943-1952), this short-lived companion series broadcast remakes of some of the more popular instalments of its progenitor. Besides the narrator/host, the only recurring character was the always silent "Keeper of the Book" of past mysteries and secrets, from ...

Galactic Journal Magazine

US letter-size perfect-bound Media Magazine. Publisher: Mark A Altman as Altman Publications. ?23 monthly issues, 1986 to 1988. / This Semiprozine's format resembled a slim trade paperback. Despite the subtitle "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Alternative", the coverage was of such contemporary major productions as Aliens (1986), Back to the Future (1985), Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). Despite its good quality, Galactic Journal Magazine seems ...

Bliss, Robert

(1937-    ) US author of a Near Future sf adventure with touches of the Technothriller, A.N.G.E.L.S., Inc (1999). [JC]

Captain America

1. Comics character – a patriotic American Superhero whose costume design includes stars and stripes – created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon in Captain America Comics #1 (March 1941) for Timely Comics, later Marvel Comics. This title ceased in 1950; the character was briefly but unsuccessfully revived by Atlas Comics in 1953-1954; Marvel relaunched Captain America in The Avengers #4 (March 1964) and he became a permanent member of the company's superhero stable. The Captain was ...

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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