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Turner, E S

(1909-2006) UK journalist and nonfiction author who for more than fifty years contributed articles – most of them quirkily factual – to Punch magazine. His first book Boys Will Be Boys: The Story of Sweeney Todd, Deadwood Dick, Sexton Blake, Billy Bunter, Dick Barton, et al (1948; exp rev 1957; exp rev 1975) is a useful survey of Boys' Papers. Later editions briefly covered the 1950s UK horror-Comics controversy, Eagle (see Dan Dare – Pilot of the Future) and, though rather ...

Worlds of Ultima

Videogame series (from 1990). Origin Systems (OS). / The Worlds of Ultima series was launched as a spinoff from the Ultima sequence of Sword and Sorcery Computer Role Playing Games. The central conceit of Ultima is that the player is represented by the Avatar, an individual from our own world who enters the fantasy land of Britannia through a "dimensional portal", returning at intervals of many years to intervene at crucial points in that world's history. In Worlds of Ultima, the Avatar is ...

Garnett, Richard

(1835-1906) UK librarian and author, Chief Keeper at the British Museum, father of Edward Garnett, grandfather of David Garnett. His The Twilight of the Gods and Other Tales (coll 1888; exp 1903) is a well-known collection of fables and other fantasies, some of which touch on sf themes. [JC]

Williams, John A

(1925-2015) US academic, poet and author, almost all of whose work reflected his experiences (including service in World War Two) as a Black American. His sf (see Race in SF) is similarly focused. The Man Who Cried I Am (1967) posits a Black genocide plot on the part of the American Government, known as the King Alfred Plan and to be put into action – beginning with mass transfer of Black people into concentration camps – in case of civil uprising; the protagonists of the tale are ...

Fantastic Science Thriller

UK juvenile pocketbook series published by Stanley Baker Ltd. There were five issues, all in 1954: Adventures on the Planets (1954 chap) by Simon Querry, Pirates in Space (1954 chap) by William Causett, A Spot on the Sun (1954 chap) by Joseph Mois, Planets of Peril (1954 chap) by Clyde Marfax and Conquerors of Space (1954 chap) by Erroll Collins. Only the last of these has written other sf. [DRL/BS] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist Picture Gallery

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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