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Hay, John

Working name of Australian author and farmer John Warwick Dalrymple-Hay (1928-    ). In his sf novel, The Invasion (1968), World War Three begins after a US test missile devastates China, whose retaliation includes a nuclear attack on the coastal cities of Australia. Inland survivors band together to resist the invaders. [JC]


Amateur Magazine published from Oxford, Oxfordshire, by members of the Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group. The various editors/co-editors included Chris Morgan as C J K Morgan, Diana Reed, Allan Scott, Kevin Smith and (new series) Neal Tringham. First series of twelve issues, 1969-October 1978, initially duplicated on UK quarto paper (10 x 8 in), with lithographed covers from #4 (August 1971); A4 litho throughout from #6 (October 1972). "New series" with seven known issues, restarting ...

Casper, Susan

(1947-2017) US editor and author, married to Gardner Dozois until her death. She began publishing sf with "Spring-Fingered Jack" for Fears (anth 1983) edited by Charles Grant. Her fiction in collaboration with Dozois is assembled in Slow Dancing through Time (coll 1990), which includes one collaboration with both Dozois and Jack M Dann. These stories are also included in Up the Rainbow: The Complete Short Fiction of Susan Casper (coll 2017) edited by her husband, most of them Dark Fantasy [see ...

Captive Women

Film (1952; vt 3000 AD UK; vt 1,000 Years from Now). American Pictures/RKO Radio Pictures Inc. Produced by Jack Pollexfen, Aubrey Wiseberg and Albert Zugsmith. Directed by Stuart Gilmore. Written by Pollexfen and Wiseberg. Special effects by Irving Block. Cast includes Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Stuart Randall, Ron Randell, Gloria Saunders and William Schallert. 64 minutes. Black and white. / Long after nuclear World War Three, Robert (Clarke) and Ruth (Field) are about to be married in ...

Makin, William J

(1893-1944) UK journalist and author who was in active service during World War One, a prolific writer of magazine fiction beginning in the 1920s, his first work of genre interest being "The Black Laugh" in Strange Tales of Mystery and Terror for January 1932. At least one of his Jonathan Jow tales, the novel-length "The Monster of the Loch" (20 January-3 March 1934 Pearson's Weekly) with Leslie Arliss (1901-1987), is sf, and features a plesiosaur (see Loch Ness Monster); it is included in The ...

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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