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Famous Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, nine issues, Winter 1966 to Spring 1969. One of the reprint magazines edited by Robert A W Lowndes for Health Knowledge Inc, it used material from the Pulp magazines of the 1930s plus 16 original short stories including ones by Miriam Allen deFord, Philip K Dick, William F Temple and the first story by Greg D Bear, "Destroyers" (Winter 1966/67), which has not been reprinted. The most notable of its reprints was Laurence Manning's The Man Who Awoke series (stories ...


As science fiction does best when it is told, it may be unsurprising that the past century or so, a period not markedly friendly to narrative verse, has seen no efflorescence of good sf story poems. There are all the same a number of them, though they are hugely less frequent than examples of lyric sf poetry – short poems in which sf tropes and topoi regularly found to uncover the state of mind of the poet – few of which rank very high in the literatures of the West. This is ...

2001: A Space Odyssey

1. Film (1968). Produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick. Written by Kubrick, Arthur C Clarke, based very loosely on Clarke's "The Sentinel" (Spring 1951 10 Story Fantasy as "Sentinel of Eternity"; vt in Expedition to Earth, coll 1953). Cast includes Keir Dullea, Leonard Rossiter, Gary Lockwood, Douglas Rain and William Sylvester. 141 minutes, cut from 160 minutes. Colour. Originally in Cinerama. / This was the most ambitious sf film of the 1960s and perhaps ever. Kubrick's unique ...

Amazing Stories [tv]

US tv series (1985-1987; vt Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories). Amblin/Universal for NBC. Created by Steven Spielberg. Producers included Joshua Brand, John Falsey, David E Vogel. Writers included Spielberg, Frank Deese, Richard Christian Matheson, Mick Garris, Joseph Minion, Menno Meyjes, Michael McDowell, Paul Bartel. Directors included Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Peter Hyams, Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Paul Bartel, Irvin Kershner, Danny DeVito, Tom Holland, ...

Cameron, Berl

A House Name used for sf novels published by Curtis Warren and written by John S Glasby (always in collaboration with Arthur Roberts), Brian Holloway, Denis Hughes and David O'Brien. The latter's International Research Council Future History [see Checklist] has a further volume as by Kris Luna. [JC/DRL]

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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