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For Monsters Only

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Published by Robert C Sproul as Major Magazines Incorporated. Editor: Lorraine Newman. Ten issues, November 1965 to June 1972, plus one 1967 Annual edition. Publication schedule was nominally quarterly but in fact very erratic. / Sproul, who had previously issued the magazine Saturn, imitated Famous Monsters of Filmland with this unremarkable companion title to his successful Humour publication Cracked (1958-2007). The ...

De Abreu, Jorge

(1963-2016) Venezuelan biologist, editor and author of fantasy and science fiction short stories, the first published being "Trina" and "Sólo un juego" ["Only a Game"] in the 1986 debut issue of Cygnus – La Revista de Ciencia Ficción ["Cygnus – The Science Fiction Magazine"], to which he has been a regular contributor. He is best known as president of the Venezuelan Association of Fantasy and Science Fiction and as the founder in 1984 of UBIK Club de Ciencia ...

Gall Force: Eternal Story

Japanese Original Video Animation (OVA) (1986). Artmic, AIC. Directed by Katsuhito Akiyama. Written by Sukehiro Tomita. Voice cast includes Eriko Hara, Maria Kawamura, Naoko Matsui, Hiromi Tsuru, Naoko Watanabe and Yuriko Yamamoto. 85 minutes. Colour. / The all-female Solnoids have Terraformed the planet Chaos; but their ancient enemy, the Paranoid – an amorphous species that inhabit mechanical bodies – want it for themselves. During a battle the Solnoid Spaceship Star Leaf is ...


Much early Australian sf falls into subgenres which can be described as sf only controversially: lost-race romances, Utopian novels and Near-Future political thrillers about racial invasion. / Works of utopian speculation began appearing in Australia about the middle of the nineteenth century and were set, appropriately for a new society in a largely unexplored land, either in the Far Future or in Australia's deep interior (indeed, Australia's remoteness encouraged UK and US writers to make ...

Palmer, Frederick

(1873-1958) US journalist widely known as a war correspondent in various conflicts after 1897, and author of numerous nonfiction exercises in military Futures Studies, early emphasizing the likelihood of World War Two. Of sf interest are two Near Future tales: The Last Shot (1914), in which World War One is anticipated in detail; and So a Leader Came (1932), narrating the circumstances in which a charismatic leader may (as Adolf Hitler was about to) take over a country in crisis. [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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