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Stab, Martin J

(?   -    ) US author of an sf novel, Eden-459 (2002), based on the premise that after the 1947 UFO landings in Roswell Aliens have infiltrated human society; as the story develops, with Earth being threatened by an Asteroid, the children of these aliens are locked into a one-way voyage to another planet, with consequences for the entire galaxy. [JC]


Film (1961; vt I Was a Teenage Gorilla). Anglo Amalgamated American International Pictures. Produced by Herman Cohen, Nathan Cohen and Stuart Levy (uncredited). Directed by John Lemont. Written by Herman Cohen and Aben Kandel from their original idea. Cast includes Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Michael Gough and Margo Johns. 90 minutes. Colour. / Botanist Dr Charles Decker (Gough) is discovered alive after disappearing in an aeroplane crash in Africa. Returning to a warm welcome in London, he ...

Gateway S-F Magazine

A low- (and eventually non-) paying magazine which existed in both print and online editions, published by B Joseph Fekete Jr, North Hollywood, California; edited initially by Lawrence Green on the print edition and subsequently with an overall Editor-in-Chief (from 2003) John A M Darnell. The print issue ran for six issues, Winter 2000 to Summer 2003, all Digest size, saddle-stapled except for the last issue which was perfect bound, 144 pages. The online issue started as promotion for the ...

Ryner, Han

Pseudonym of Algerian-born French philosopher and author Jacques Élie Henri Ambroise Ner (1861-1938), which he adopted in 1898, after having published fairly widely under his own name. His philosophical position, as articulated in many articles and books, combined epicurean stoicism about the purpose of life with anarchist political views which led to his taking a pacifist stand in World War One, a position reflected in Les Pacifiques ["The Pacifists"] (1914), where a shipwrecked band ...

Noble, Vernon

(1908-1987) UK journalist, broadcaster and author whose Children's SF novel, Cloud Island: A Mystery of the Sky (1949), features a cloud so firm it can be walked upon. The eponymous Mad Scientist in The Case of the Missing Professor (1952) seems to have discovered the secret of Rejuvenation. [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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