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Toolis, Lorna

(1952-2021) Canadian librarian and editor, initially involved in Canadian Fandom, best known for her long successful tenure as head of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy in the Toronto Public Library system from 1986, when the collection was still known as The Spaced Out Library or SoL, until her retirement in 2017. Having shepherded with great care in a demanding environment, in 1995 she supervised the transfer of what was now the Merril Collection from ...

Banks, Iain M

(1954-2013) Scottish author who published fiction for the general market as Iain Banks, and works aimed more directly at sf readers as Iain M Banks. Although differences in register can be detected between the two forms of his name, as a whole Banks's work is more usefully thought of as ranging through a wide spectrum, rather than as bifurcating into two separate categories. As in the case of Graham Greene's "real novels" and what he called "Entertainments", the distinction between the two ...

Monster Times, The

Cinema Semiprozine, tabloid-size and printed on low-quality newsprint paper; 48 issues appeared from 1972 to 1976. Published by The Monster Times Publishing Company. Publication schedule was initially biweekly for the first fourteen issues, then monthly until 1975. It switched to bimonthly publication that year, although the final few issues appeared on an erratic basis. Editors for the first few issues included Allen Asherman (1947-    ), Joe Kane and Jason Thomas under his ...

Aliens [film]

Film (1986). Brandywine/Twentieth Century Fox. Produced by Gale Anne Hurd, directed by James Cameron. Written by Cameron, based on a story by Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill. Cast includes Michael Biehn, Jenette Goldstein, Carrie Henn, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, Paul Reiser and Sigourney Weaver. 137 minutes. Colour. / This formidable sequel to Alien is more an action than a Horror movie, reminiscent of all those war films and Westerns about beleaguered groups fighting to the end. ...

Williams, Arthur

(?   -?   ) US author of one of several similarly titled responses to Edward Bellamy's Looking Backward (1888). Williams's Looking Forward (1925) posits a cooperate democratic socialist Utopia. [JC]

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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