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Egan, Beresford

(1905-1984) UK artist, illustrator and author, in South Africa from 1910 to 1926, who early established a reputation for sexually charged and otherwise transgressive illustrations for works like the 1928 translation of Pierre Louÿs's Aphrodite (1896); he also did covers for Aleister Crowley's Moonchild (1929) and Sean M'Guire's Lost Race novel Beast or Man? (1930): as in Crowley's case, his later career long outlived the time when Decadence could fairly be seen as response to the ...

Dr Shrinker

US juvenile tv series (1976). Sid and Marty Kroft Television Productions for ABC-TV. Produced by Jack Regas. Directors included, Regas, Bob Lally, Bill Hubin. Cast includes Billy Barty, Ted Eccles, Susan Lawrence, Jeff MacKay and Jay Robinson. Sixteen 15-minute episodes. Colour. / Young Brad (Eccles), B J (Lawrence) and Gordie (MacKay) wash up after a boating accident on the isolated Island where Dr Shrinker (Robinson), a typical Mad Scientist, has perfected a Miniaturization machine; Hugo ...

Page, Norvell W

(1906-1961) US author who specialized between 1930 and 1943 in Hero/Villain Pulp adventure, much of his production being novel-length stories for The Spider, featuring the eponymous nascent Superhero, whose powers and Weapons – including a thin silk web used for climbing buildings – always press the envelope of the fantastic and sometimes pierce it, often aided by the Inventions of Professor Brownlee. The Spider sequence was created in competition with the somewhat more successful ...

Voyage of the B.S.M. Pandora

Board Game (1981). Simulations Publications Inc (SPI). Designed by John Butterfield, Edward Woods. / Published as an insert in issue 6 of the sf Wargames magazine Ares, Voyage was perhaps the first successful example of a single-player, paragraph-system Board Game, blending the branching narrative of a solitaire Role Playing Game scenario such as Buffalo Castle (1975) (see Fighting Fantasy) with the ability to move pieces on a physical board. Subsequent examples of paragraph-based Board ...


In now somewhat obsolete sf Terminology, a person who is able to use one or more of the powers of ESP, as in E E Smith's "Storm Cloud on Deka" (June 1942 Astonishing) – perhaps its earliest sf appearance. This is usually regarded as including such "passive" powers as Telepathy (mind-reading) and perhaps Precognition and clairvoyance; and occasionally also the "active" psychic abilities – those that interact with the world of matter, such as Telekinesis. However, most sf writers ...

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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