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Manning, Laurence

(1899-1972) Canadian-born author, in the USA from 1920, a founder of the American Interplanetary Society and editor of its journal, Astronautics, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The City of the Living Dead" with Fletcher Pratt for Wonder Stories in May 1930. He is best remembered for his numerous contributions to Wonder Stories and Wonder Stories Quarterly in the 1930s. His best-known series was the Man Who Awoke sequence in Wonder Stories, five stories later published as The ...

Ged, Caer

Pseudonym used by Geo W Proctor for one novel, The Coming of Cormac (1974). Ged is sometimes wrongly listed as a pseudonym of David Gerrold. [JC/DRL] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

Film (1958). Paramount. Directed by Gene Fowler Jr. Written by Louis Vittes, from a story by Fowler and Vittes. Cast includes Ken Lynch, Gloria Talbot and Tom Tryon. 78 minutes. Black and white. / Another manifestation of the rampant Paranoia of the 1950s, I Married a Monster from Outer Space might be called an sf version of I Married a Communist. In this enjoyably tasteless Monster Movie, a young woman's fiancé, on the way to his wedding, is captured and replaced by a Shapeshifting ...

Jeschke, Wolfgang

(1936-2015) Czech-born editor and author, in Germany after 1945; winner of the 1987 Harrison Award for achievements in international sf. He began to publish sf with "Die Anderen" ["The Others"] in 1959, but first became strongly involved with the genre in 1969 when, while working as co-editor of Kinders Literaturlexikon he edited as a freelancer the Science Fiction fur Kenner ["Science Fiction for Connoisseurs"] series for Lichtenberg Verlag. In 1973 he took over Heyne Verlag's sf publishing ...

Gamma People, The

Film (1956). Warwick Film Productions/Columbia Pictures (US)/Columbia Pictures Corporation (UK). Produced by John Gossage. Directed by John Gilling. Written by Gilling and Gossage from a story by Robert Aldrich and Louis Pollock. Cast includes Eva Bartok, Michael Cirida, Paul Douglas, Pauline Drewett, Leslie Phillips and Walter Rilla. 79 minutes, cut to 76 minutes in some prints. Black and white. / American reporter Mike Wilson (Douglas) and his English photographer Howard (Phillips) are ...

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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