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Far Sector

US Online Magazine that paid professional SFWA rates, that ran from April 1998 to January 2007, 72 issues, published by Clocktower Fiction, San Diego, California, edited by John T Cullen. Early issues were irregular but it strove for a monthly schedule which it achieved through 2001 to 2003 before becoming bimonthly in 2004, quarterly in 2005 and monthly again in 2006. It was launched under the title Outside but that was also the name of a backpacking magazine so the title changed to Deep ...


1. Carcosa House was a fan-run US specialist publishing house formed to produce the first book edition of Edison's Conquest of Mars (1947) by Garrett P Serviss. No further books appeared. / 2. The name Carcosa (not Carcosa House) was used for a different Small Press founded in 1973 under the direction of David Drake and Karl Edward Wagner (1945-1994). Its first production was Worse Things Waiting (coll 1973) by Manly Wade Wellman, a finely printed, illustrated volume of stories, chiefly ...

Welt Am Draht

Made-for-tv film (1973; vt World on a Wire). ARD. Directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1946-1982). Written by Fritz Müller-Scherz, Fassbinder, based on Counterfeit World (1964; vt Simulacron-3 1964) by Daniel F Galouye. Cast includes Günter Lamprecht, Klaus Löwitsch, Mascha Rabben, Wolfgang Schenk, Barbara Valentin and Karl Heinz Vosgerau. Originally broadcast in two parts, each 105 minutes. Colour. / Fassbinder was perhaps the most brilliant German film director of the ...

Hunt, Gill

A House Name used 1950-1952 by the UK paperback publisher Curtis Warren. The authors who used the name were John Brunner, David Arthur Griffiths, Denis Hughes, John Jennison and E C Tubb. Because it was Brunner's first book, Galactic Storm (1951) has become the best-known of the Hunt titles; it is not, however, significantly less routine than its stablemates. [JC]

Fourth Kind, The

Film (2009). Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films presents a Chambara Pictures and Dead Crow Pictures production in association with Focus Films, Fourth Kind Productions and Saga Film. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi. Written by Osunsanmi with Terry Robbins. Cast includes Enzo Cilenti, Raphaël Coleman, Corey Johnson, Milla Jovovich, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Elias Koteas, Mia Mckenna-Bruce, Charlotte Milchard and Will Patton. 98 minutes. Colour. / A psychologist (see Psychology) uses ...

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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