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Algol

US Semiprozine (1963-1984) edited from New York by Andrew Porter, subtitled "The Magazine about Science Fiction". Algol began as a duplicated Fanzine but in the 1970s became an attractive printed magazine in letter-size format, published four times a year. With #34, Spring 1979, it changed its name to Starship; it ceased publication with #44, Winter/Spring 1984, its twentieth-anniversary issue. / Algol ran articles on sf and sf publishing, interviews with authors, and reviews and texts of ...

Monster from the Ocean Floor

Film (1954; vt Monster Maker). Palo Alto Productions/Lippert Pictures. Produced by Roger Corman. Directed by Wyatt Ordung. Written by Bill Danch (credited as William Danch). Cast includes Jonathan Haze (credited as Jack Hayes), Anne Kimbell, Ordung, Dick Pinner and Stuart Wade. 64 minutes. Black and white. / American artist Julie Blair (Kimbell), on vacationing at a Mexican seaside resort, hears stories of disappearances and killings blamed on a sea Monster living in the cove. She meets ...

Shapeshifters

The ability to change shape is an ancient trope of Fantasy, extensively discussed in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy. It is a traditional power of various Supernatural Creatures such as Werewolves (invariably) and traditional Vampires; this entry focuses on sf rationalizations of the theme. A defining quality of shapeshifting is its reversibility: a one-way transformation like an insect's progress from larva to pupa to imago is more properly termed metamorphosis. The tragedy of Robert Louis ...

Déon, Natashia

(1978-    ) US attorney and author whose first novel, Grace (2016), skirts the fantastic through assonances among an extended Black family for several generations beginning in antebellum America (see Slavery). Her second novel, The Perishing (2021), traces the complex life of an Immortal woman whose conscious life begins at the age of sixteen in 1930s Los Angeles (see California), an era which she seems to have entered via Time Travel. Her fraught but successful career ...

Idler, The

UK general interest magazine, one of the first to appear following the enthusiastic reception of The Strand, but not a slavish imitation. It was founded by Robert Barr and William Dunkerley (better known as John Oxenham) with Jerome K Jerome as the initial editor. It ran from February 1892 to March 1911, monthly, missing just two months. Robert Barr was the proprietor until he was forced to sell the magazine in 1898 when it passed through a succession of publishers and editors. Initially Barr ...

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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