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Zinovii, Niko

(?   -    ) US publisher and author whose sf novel, The God Antenna (2012), is set in a Near Future world facing the challenges of First Contact and the associated problem of coping with a pill (see Drugs) that homes in on the part of the human brain that causes Religion and deletes it. [JC]

Pellerin, Georges

Pseudonym of unidentified French author (?   -?   ); in his introduction to that author's only known work of sf interest – Le Monde dans 2000 Ans (1878; trans Brian Stableford as The World in 2000 Years 2011) – Stableford plausibly argues that he may have been a political economist named Gustave Dupuynode (1817-1898), who held similar opinions to those expressed in "Pellerin"'s Utopia. But Stableford does not claim to have found hard evidence of this ...

Flash Gordon

1. US Comic strip created by artist Alex Raymond for King Features Syndicate. Flash Gordon appeared in 1934, at first in Sunday, later in daily newspapers. Its elaborately shaded style and exotic storyline made it one of the most influential sf strips. It was taken over in 1944 by Austin Briggs, then in 1948 by Mac Raboy, and since then has been drawn by several artists, including Dan Barry (with contributions from artists Harvey Kurtzman and Wally Wood and writer Harry Harrison), Al ...

Frankenstein Classic

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Publisher was Myron Fass as Modern Day Periodicals. No editor named. One issue only, February 1977. / This title was devoted primarily to films about the Frankenstein Monster starring Boris Karloff – such as the Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – but also contained a long article about Karloff himself. Content was reportedly written by author John Thomas Church, a frequent contributor to the various Fass ...

Time Travelers, The

Film (1964). Dobil/AIP. Directed by Ib Melchior. Written by Melchior, from a story by Melchior and David Hewitt. Cast includes Merry Anders, Philip Carey, Preston Foster and John Hoyt. 85 minutes. Colour. / Melchior is best known as a screenwriter – e.g., Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964), Terrore Nello Spazio (1965) and Death Race 2000 (1975). This is one of his few films as director. A group of scientists travel through a time portal (see Time Gate) 107 years into the future, where ...

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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