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A term first used by A E van Vogt to describe a book made up of previously published stories fitted together – usually with the addition of newly written or published cementing material – so that they read as a novel. Aware that fixups are immensely more common in Genre SF than in any other literature in the world, we borrowed the term for the 1979 edition of this encyclopedia, and continue to use it now; an example is ...

Flying Disc Man from Mars

US Serial Film (1950; cut vt Missile Monsters 1958). Republic Studios. Produced by Franklin Andreon. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Screenplay by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes Lois Collier, James Craven, Gegory Gaye (credited as Gregory Gay) and Walter Reed. Serial version in twelve instalments, total 167 minutes. Feature version 75 minutes. Black and white. / Pilot Kent Fowler (Reed), armed with an experimental ...

Quilp, Jocelyn

Pseudonym of UK author Henry James Halliwell Sutcliffe (1870-1932), who wrote regional novels about the Yorkshire Dales under his own name; Baron Verdigris: A Romance of the Reversed Direction (1894) – his first book, and his only use of the pseudonym – features a twelfth-century knight cast into confusion by being able to remember both the past and the future, but not to distinguish between them (see Time Out of Sequence). ...

Marks, Graham

(?   -    ) UK design consultant, editor, Comics writer and author, much of whose work has been for younger children (and is not listed here); of his Young Adult work, much is nonfantastic. He is responsible for a late set of Ties to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's last television series, ...

Grimshaw, Robert

(1850-1941) US engineer, inventor and author, much of whose output consists of manuals, including The Locomotive Catechism (1891); his one work of sf interest, Fifty Years Hence: Or What May Be in 1943: A Prophecy Supposed to Be Based on Scientific Deduction by an Improved Graphical Method (1892), is a fictionalized account of a complicated graphic Prediction calculator, by which it is possible to determine that America in 1943 will be ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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