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Kaye, Marilyn

(1949-    ) US author who has also written as Shannon Blair and whose first work of interest to the field of the fantastic was her PhD thesis for the University of Chicago, The Nature of Didacticism as Related to Romance and Sexuality in Young Adult Novels, 1965-1978 (1983 microfilm). Her work is almost entirely devoted to Young Adult tales, usually in series. Of sf interest are four series in particular. The ...

Dinesen, Isak

Pseudonym of Danish author Karen Christenze von Blixen-Finecke (1885-1962), who also wrote as Karen Blixen, and as by Osceola and Pierre Andrézel; as Osceola she began to publish fiction as early as 1905, releasing much of this early work under a running head, Sandsynlige Historier ["Likely Stories"] between 1907 and 1909; some of this early work has been assembled in Efterladte Fortaellinger (coll 1975; cut, trans P M Mitchell and W D Paden of Danish-language ...

Chevalier, Haakon

(1901-1985) US author and translator from the French of many works; his career as a US university professor was destroyed by the House Unamerican Affairs Committee after 1950, and he emigrated to France where he worked as a translator. His novel The Man Who Would Be God (1959) was meant as a self-defence against the 1953 accusation that he had committed treason with Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the "father of the atomic bomb". Almost inadvertently, the tale creates a portrait ...

Cape Canaveral Monsters, The

Film (1960). CCM Productions. Produced by Richard Greer. Directed by Phil Tucker. Written by Tucker from his original idea. Staring Jason Johnson, Katherine Victor, Scott Peters, Linda Connell, Billy Greene. Special effects by Phillip Scheer (credited as Phil Scheer). 69 minutes. Black and white. / A pair of hostile Aliens who in their natural form appear as glowing, circular lights arrive on Earth to sabotage the US space programme. Basing themselves near ...

Playboy

US Slick men's magazine published by HMH Publications, Chicago, under Hugh M Hefner, monthly from December 1953 (first issue undated), until 2009, which saw only 11 issues; ten issues per year from 2012 to 2016 and bimonthly from January/February 2017. Letter size and saddle-stapled to allow opening flat for the centrefold. Despite the obvious fantasies that Playboy offered, Hefner also wanted the magazine to provide intellectual and commercial stimulation, ...

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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