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Hadrosaur Tales

US low-paying Semiprozine published by Hadrosaur Productions, Las Cruces, New Mexico, edited by David Lee Summers. It ran for 21 undated issues from October 1995 to December 2004. Hadrosaur Productions had been set up by Kumie Wise while at the University of Arizona in order to present audio productions of science fiction and fantasy stories. When the company moved to New Mexico, David Summers joined them as editor of a new magazine, Hadrosaur Tales, seen by the publisher as an occasional ...

Bickley, Gillian

(1943-    ) UK-born academic and poet, mostly resident in Hong Kong from 1972; she has published essays on Future War texts, and in Hong Kong Invaded! A '97 Nightmare (coll 2001) she surrounds the anonymous Future War novella, The Back Door (1897 The China Mail: 1897 chap), with an extensive explanatory apparatus; the invaders are France allied with Russia. They succeed. [JC]

Pinkwater, Daniel M

(1941-    ) US author whose many stories for children and Young Adult readers from 1970 have as well attracted large adult audiences for their surreal wit, their supple and astringent wisdom and (for sf readers in particular) the wry hilarity of their use of sf venues and themes. After several non-genre works as Manus Pinkwater (a form of his name which appears only in books of the 1970s), he began writing tales of genre interest with Wizard Crystal (1973) and Magic Camera ...

27th Day, The

Film (1957). Romson Productions/Columbia. Directed by William Asher. Written by John Mantley, based on his The Twenty-Seventh Day (1956). Cast includes Gene Barry, Valerie French, Azenath Janti, Arnold Moss, Stefan Schnabel and George Voskovec. 75 minutes. Black and white. / Some moments of good sense and sensible conversation can be extracted from the contorted implausibility and terrifying moral implications of this film, which was made just before Cold War paranoia in America began to ...

Despard, Leslie

Working name of UK author John Leslie Despard Howitt (1895-1940), an author mostly of detective stories, though The Amazing Adventures of Mr Henry Button (1927) is an sf tale describing the Invention of a device designed to enforce peace upon the world. Though clearly over-age, he joined the RAF and was shot down in action. [JC]

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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