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Bantam Books

Large US publishing house, a general publisher, mainly of paperbacks, rather than an sf specialist. It was founded in 1945 by Ian Ballantine, but he left in 1952 to form Ballantine Books because he wanted to publish paperback originals, whereas Bantam's list was almost entirely of reprints – although one early sf paperback original (but not published as sf) from Bantam was Shot in the Dark (anth 1950) edited by Judith ...

Schisgall, Oscar

(1901-1984) Russian-born editor and author, in USA from an early age; extremely prolific in short forms, with at least 4,000 stories and articles credited, many of them for the Reader's Digest. He is of sf interest for the Baron Ixell sequence which appeared in Clues from 1927 to 1932, beginning with "The Circle of Terror" (July 1927 Clues) and ending with "The Crime of the Century" (October 1932 Clues); Baron Ixell: Crime Breaker (coll 1929) ...

Grainer, Ron

(1922-1981) Australian-born composer and musician, resident in the UK from the 1950s. Grainer's most enduring work is the theme to the BBC TV series Doctor Who (1963-current), created in collaboration with Delia Derbyshire of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. He also composed the themes for the television shows The Prisoner (1967-1968) and ...

Brooks-Dalton, Lily

(1987-    ) US author whose first novel, Good Morning, Midnight (2016), depicts a Near Future that may have been brought to silence by a Disaster, though none is specified. The main protagonist, an astronomer entering old age on Earth, seems convinced at points that he is the Last Man left, though he is soon involved in keeping a small girl alive in his abandoned ...


Film (1954). Warner Bros. Directed by Gordon Douglas. Written by Ted Sherdeman, based on a story by George Worthing Yates. Cast includes James Arness, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon and James Whitmore. 93 minutes. Black and white. / Unexplained deaths are occurring in New Mexico, and are initially treated as a police matter, with State Police trooper Ben Peterson (Whitmore) investigating on the spot with a Red Shirt junior officer; it is some time before we ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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