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Fantastic Monsters of the Films

Cinema magazine, small Bedsheet-size, issued by Black Shield Productions. Seven issues from 1962 to 1963, on a bimonthly roughly schedule. Publishers were sf fan Bob Burns and film special effects artist Paul Blaisdell. Edited by Ron Haydock. Considerable material was contributed by author Jim Harmon. The magazine was a high-quality attempt to produce a more-mature ...

Future Fantasy

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Publisher: Cousins Publications. Editor: Timothy G Beckley. Three bimonthly issues published in 1978. / Unusually for a media magazine of this period, Future Fantasy contained an ongoing Comic strip titled Captain Cosmos and written by editor Beckley, while some poor-quality sf stories appeared amid the routine film articles. Besides sf ...

Ross, Adrian

(1859-1933) Pseudonym of UK author Arthur Reed Ropes, mostly remembered for his one Horror novel, The Hole of the Pit (1914). A Cambridge don, he edited books in the original French and German by such authors as Jules Verne and Erckmann-Chatrian. He later went on to a career as a lyricist for musical comedies and light operettas, also publishing numerous poems. The Hole of the Pit, set during the English ...

Berens, Lewis Henry

(?   -?   ) Australian author whose The Story of My Dictatorship [for various vts see Checklist below] (1887-1888 Our Commonwealth; 1894) with Ignatius Singer, set in the very Near Future, describes in dialogue form the disputatious creation of a Utopia on socialist lines in London. [JC]

Kelly, Frank K

(1914-2010) US journalist and author of considerable nonfiction, including studies in American contemporary history with Cornelius Ryan (1920-1974). He began to publish sf with "The Light Bender" for Wonder Stories in June 1931, and rapidly became known for Space-Opera tales of some bleakness, with a tendency toward Disaster, though some of his adventures featuring travel through various ...

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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