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Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on slick paper. Published by Fantagraphics Books. Edited by Forrest J Ackerman. Two numbered issues, each dated on contents page though not cover: Spring [March] 1991 and Spring [February] 1992. / This short-lived effort by Forrest J Ackerman was his second attempt to return to Media Magazine publishing after the demise of the long-running Famous Monsters of Filmland, the first having been his unhappy experience with FJA's Monsterland ...

Nisbet, Helen C

(1934-    ) Scottish author who studied geology at the University of Glasgow, receiving a BSc degree in 1959; subsequently a museum worker and field archaeologist (now retired). Her one novel for Robert Hale Limited is The Raven's Beak (1981). More recently she has published non-genre work as Eilidh Nisbet, the nickname by which she now prefers to be known. [DRL]

Roycraft, Jaye

(?   -    ) US author of Raincraft (2005), a noirish detective romance whose young protagonist, sent to a new planet, finds her Telepathic powers both useful and potentially deadly (as they mime the powers of humanity's loathed foes); in the Che Kincade sequence comprising Half Past Hell (2012) and Hell's Warrior (2012), which features different protagonists, Vampires and humans attempt to maintain an uneasy peace, but murder and treachery come close to ending ...


A House Name for the Frank Tousey publishing firm, used in the late nineteenth century for boys' fiction in several genres, including mysteries and Westerns as well as sf. Of most sf interest were the Frank Reade, Jr. tales (see Frank Reade Library; Luis Senarens) and the slightly later Jack Wright tales (see Luis Senarens). Authors whose sf work appeared as by "Noname" include Francis Worcester Doughty, Harry Enton, Senarens, and possibly Cecil Burleigh and Frederic Van Rensselaer Dey. ...

Joseph, M K

(1914-1981) UK-born poet, author and professor of English, in New Zealand from 1924; his first novels were not sf. The Hole in the Zero (1967) begins as an apparently typical Space-Opera adventure into further dimensions at the edge of the Universe, but quickly reveals itself as a linguistically brilliant, complex exploration of the nature of the four personalities involved as they begin out of their own resources to shape the low-probability regions into which they have tumbled. Ultimately the ...

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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