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Hale, Martin

A possible pseudonym of Adrian Berry (1937-2016) under which was published The Fourth Reich: A Fantasy of the United Nations (1965), a Near Future political thriller in which a large contingent of recidivist Germans creates chaos in Africa. [JC]

Relapse

UK Fanzine edited by Peter Weston. Two issues 1983 as Prolapse, A4 duplicated; the more important incarnation is the second series, 2006-2013, A4 photocopied to #4, litho-printed from #5, typically 36-44pp. 21 issues 1983-2013. / The focus was on byways of the history of Fandom and Conventions, almost exclusively in the UK; many old photographs of fans and authors were reproduced. Some archive material by Kenneth Bulmer and others was reprinted from now-rare fanzines; one example is the ...

Vincent, Lady Kitty

Working name of Scottish dog-breeder and author Lady Kitty Edith Blanche Ogilvy (1887-1969), who also wrote children's fiction as by Lady Kitty Riston; she is of sf interest for Lost World (1937), a Lost World adventure. [JC]

No Blade of Grass

Film (1970). Symbol/MGM. Directed by Cornel Wilde. Written by Sean Forestal, Jefferson Pascal, based on The Death of Grass (1956; vt No Blade of Grass 1957) by John Christopher. Cast includes Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Anthony May and Jean Wallace. 96 minutes cut to 80 minutes. Colour. / Cereal crops all die and society breaks down. A family journeys across chaotic England, battling armed groups of marauders who are searching for food, and reach sanctuary in the Lake District. Wilde ...

Phillpotts, Eden

(1862-1960) Indian-born author, in UK from 1865, known mainly for his work outside the sf field (see Mainstream Writers of SF), primarily the Dartmoor series of regional novels; however, his first known publication, "Original Poem" (1880 Thespis), was about a Witches's Sabbath. Over his long career (see Longevity in Writers) he was extremely prolific, publishing about 250 books and plays, including a number of fantasies, beginning with A Deal with the Devil (1895), an Anstey-esque novel about a ...

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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