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Gillings, Walter

(1912-1979) UK journalist and editor, active in Fandom (where he was usually known as Wally Gillings) from the early 1930s; he published (1937-1938) seven issues of an historic Fanzine, Scientifiction. This activity led to his editing the first true UK sf magazine, Tales of Wonder (1937-1942); his use of the term "science fiction" on the cover of issue number one for June 1937 may mark the first appearance of that term to designate as a whole the contents of a UK professional magazine or book. ...

Morison, Frank

Pseudonym of UK author Albert Henry Ross (1881-1950), in whose remotely told Scientific Romance, Sunset (1932), an entity from another planet establishes Communication with Earth, and conveys the humans the postulate that the theory of Evolution needs to be modified because life on Earth is the result of a cosmic error. [JC]

Children of Men

Film (2006). Universal Pictures present a Strike Entertainment production in association with Hit and Run Productions. Directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Written by Cuarón & Timothy J Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby, based on The Children of Men (1992) by P D James. Cast includes Clare-Hope Ashitey, Michael Caine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Danny Huston, Julianne Moore, Peter Mullan and Clive Owen. 109 minutes. Colour. / In 2027, two decades after human fertility ...

Day the World Ended

Film (1955). Golden State Productions, American Releasing Corporation (see American International Pictures). Produced and directed by Roger Corman. Written by Lou Rusoff. Creatures designed by Paul Blaisdell. Cast includes Paul Birch, Paul Blaisdell (uncredited), Mike Connors (credited as Touch Connors), Richard Denning, Adele Jergens and Lori Nelson. Narrator: Chet Huntley. 81 minutes, cut to 79 minutes. Black and white. / A nuclear World War Three has apparently destroyed all or most of ...

Noll, Arthur Howard

(1855-1930) US author of In Quest of Aztec Treasure (1911) with Bourdon Wilson, a Lost World tale set in Mexico; he also wrote A Short History of Mexico (1890), and other studies of that land. [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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