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Bierce, Ambrose

(1842-circa 1914) US journalist, poet and author of short stories and Satires, deeply affected by his four years in the American Civil War (he enlisted as a private in 1861, was breveted major for bravery, and was wounded twice). Like Bret Harte and Mark Twain, (who settled in London, as for shorter periods did Joaquin Miller and Twain), he soon went abroad, spending 1872-circa 1875 in the UK, publishing three volumes of sketches there as by Dod Grile, most notably The Fiend's Delight (coll ...

Abbott, Charles

(1858-1926) Australian medical doctor and author, in US from before the end of the century though he returned home; his Prehistoric SF novel, set in early America, was The Cliff Dweller's Daughter; Or, How He Loved Her, an Indian Romance of Prehistoric Times (1899). [JC] see also: Forgotten Futures. /

Star Blaster

US letter-size Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Windsor Communications Incorporated. No editor named. Ten (?) issues from 1983 to 1986. Publication schedule was roughly quarterly. / This title, one of several attempting to emulate such Media Magazines as Fantastic Films and Starlog, did so with modest success. Films covered included E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983). At least ...

Lamothe, Serge

(1963-    ) Canadian playwright, poet and author of an sf novella, Les Baldwin (2004; trans Fred A Reed and David Home as The Baldwins 2006 chap), in which scholars at some future period (see Ruined Earth) attempt perplexedly to understand contemporary civilization (see Ruins and Futurity) by studying a family known as the Baldwins. [JC]

Projected Man, The

Film (1966). Croydon Productions (UK)/Universal Studios (US). Executive producer: Richard Gordon. Produced by John Croydon and Maurice Foster. Directed by Ian Curteis and Croydon (uncredited). Written by John C Cooper, Peter Bryan and Frank Quattrochi. Cast includes Ronald Allan, Tracey Crisp, Derek de Marney, Bryant Halliday, Mary Peach and Norman Wooland. 91 minutes cut to 77 minutes for US release. Colour. / Dr Paul Steiner (Halliday) and Dr Christopher Mitchell (Allen) have created 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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