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Phillips, Alexander M

(1907-1991) US author and long-time sf fan, based in Philadelphia, who wrote a small body of science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction. He was a technical writer and draughtsman as well as an amateur naturalist and photographer. His first professionally published story was "The Death of the Moon" (February 1929 Amazing), in which advanced Aliens from the Moon attempt to conquer Earth in the Dinosaur era and are killed by a Tyrannosaurus rex. "The Thing on the Afterdeck", a 34,000 word novella, ...

Famous Monsters of Filmland

Letter-size Cinema Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Editor: Forrest J Ackerman, possibly Jeff Rovin for the final issue. Format varied from perfect-bound to saddle-stapled. 191 issues, February 1958 to March 1983. The publication schedule was erratic, ranging from quarterly to (most often) nine times per year. See below for further incarnations 1991-1998 and 2010-current. / Famous Monsters of Filmland arose from publisher James Warren's ...

Yuknavitch, Lidia

(1963-    ) US academic and author, perhaps best known for a memoir, The Chronology of Water (2010), in which she unpacks her difficult but ultimately fruitful life which, like much of her fiction, powerfully embraces linkages between violence, Sex, affirmation, and the body (especially the female body) as a field of play to be engraved upon, as in earlier novels like Her Other Mouths (1997) or The Small Backs of Children (2015), whose extremities seem to edge into the ...

Rogers, W A

(1854-1931) US cartoonist and author of The Lost Caravan (1927), a Lost Race tale for boys set in Africa, which he published after retiring from a long career, from 1873 to 1926, drawing political cartoons, mostly for Harper's Magazine. [JC]

Ginga Uchū Odyssey

["Galaxy Space Odyssey"] Japanese tv series (1990). NHK Productions. Directed by [not known]. Written by [not known]. Eight 60-minute episodes, plus one special and two omnibus editions, the latter also listed as "specials" in most sources. Colour. / A Space Documentary series, presented as the voyage of a fictional Spaceship, the Helios, interspersed with talking-head footage from the leading astronomers of the day. Intended as a testing ground for new HDTV cameras, photographing real ...

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 and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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