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Bonestell, Chesley

(1888-1986) US astronomical illustrator. Bonestell studied as an architect at Columbia University in New York, but never graduated, dropping out in his third year; nevertheless he was employed by many architectural firms and aided in the design of the Golden Gate Bridge and Chrysler Building. He then began working as a matte artist to produce special effects and matte paintings for over a dozen films, including Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941), The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945), Destination ...

Carmody, Isobelle

(1958-    ) Australian author of sf for adolescents. Her most successful work – the Obernewtyn Chronicles whose first four volumes are Obernewtyn (1987), The Farseekers (1990), Scatterlings (1991) and Ashling (1995) [see Checklist below] – is set in Post-Holocaust venues; the element of sf in these tales becomes steadily less apparent, as the sequence's young Mutant protagonists gradually develop Psi Powers that – as in much adolescent Fantasy – come ...

Fantastic Science Thriller

UK juvenile pocketbook series published by Stanley Baker Ltd. There were five issues, all in 1954: Adventures on the Planets (1954 chap) by Simon Querry, Pirates in Space (1954 chap) by William Causett, A Spot on the Sun (1954 chap) by Joseph Mois, Planets of Peril (1954 chap) by Clyde Marfax and Conquerors of Space (1954 chap) by Erroll Collins. Only the last of these has written other sf. [DRL/BS] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist Picture Gallery

Science Fiction Review

1. Variant title of two Fanzines – The Alien Critic and Psychotic – edited by Richard E Geis. [PN] 2. The Science Fiction Review was the title of the first issue (March 1975) of what was known for most of its run as The Science Fiction Review (Monthly) (which see). [DRL] 3. US magazine published 1990-1992 by SFR Publications, based in Salem, Oregon and edited by Elton T Elliott. Ten letter-size issues from Spring 1990 to May 1992, at which point publication ceased. / ...

Grimes, Lee

(1920-2009) US author whose Ax of Atlantis: A Chandra Smith Adventure (1975) depicts its female secret agent protagonist's attempts to forestall the attempts of a kind of reborn Minos to re-establish the rule of ancient Crete. An earlier Chandra Smith adventure, The Eye of Shiva (1974), seems to have no fantastic content. The premise of Retro Lives (1993) is that a genetic predisposition can generate a Time Loop, causing the victim to relive his life interminably; Dinosaur Nexus (1994) invokes ...

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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