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Yuma, Gary

(?   -    ) US author of an sf soft-porn Sex novel, Flesh Probe (1973), which explores Gender issues without much penetration. [JC]

Howard, Linda

Pseudonym of US author Linda S Howington (1950-    ) of an sf tale, Killing Time (2005) – not to be confused with novels with the same title Thomas Berger, Donald Westlake and others – in which a time capsule, not to be opened until 2085, is in fact opened in 2005, with Near Future thriller implications, as violent deaths ensue. [JC]

Evans, David

(?   -    ) US author of whom nothing is known – the name may be a pseudonym – whose Time Station sequence of routine Changewar tales, beginning with Time Station London (1996), pits the Temporal Corps against various threats, in World War Two and elsewhen, against the proper order of history; Alternate Histories flicker in and out of being, loosely. [JC]

Tales of Terror from the Beyond

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird-fiction magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Charlton Comics. Editor: Patrick Mansuelli. One issue only, Summer 1964. / This scarce publication is not a Media Magazine as such, but seems popular among collectors of such periodicals. Most of the stories are by Stanton A Coblentz, including several reprints from 1947-1950 issues of Weird Tales. A short note on the contents page indicates that uncredited stories are also by Coblentz; other credited ...

Swamp Thing, The

Created by writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson in DC Comics's House of Secrets #92 (July 1971), the Swamp Thing is a Monster whose moss- and muck-encrusted body is formed entirely of vegetable matter. In that original short graphic story, as a result of a scientific "accident" arranged by his jealous assistant Damian Ridge, Dr Alex Olsen is killed and subsequently resurrected in mutated form as the Swamp Thing, destined to wreak vengeance but cursed in the process, losing his ties to ...

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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