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Pearce, Philippa

(1920-2006) UK author, almost exclusively of fantasy tales for children, though her first novel Minnow on the Say (1955; vt The Minnow Leads to Treasure 1958) as A Philippa Pearce is a nonfantastic treasure-hunt story of some charm. Her most famous novel, Tom's Midnight Garden (1958) as A Philippa Pearce, for which she won the Carnegie Medal, makes use of the time theories of J W Dunne to ...

Bigly, Cantell A

Pseudonym of US author George Washington Peck (1817-1859), author of a travel book, Melbourne, and the Chincha Islands; With Sketches of Lima, and a Voyage Round the World (1854) under his own name. His novel as Bigly, Aurifodina; Or, Adventures in the Gold Region (1849; vt Aurifodina; Or, Adventures in the Gold Region: A Fantastical '49er Novel 1974), is a Lost Race Satire set in an unknown ...

Marvel Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, nine issues August 1938 to April 1941, revived for a further six issues November 1950 to May 1952; published by Postal Publications (first two issues), then by Western Fiction Publishing for the remainder of the first series, and finally by Stadium Publishing, all in New York, and all imprints of the publishers Martin and Abraham Goodman who would launch Marvel Comics in 1939. The first series was edited, uncredited, by Robert O Erisman ...

Flying Saucer Daffy

Short US film (1958). Columbia Pictures. Directed by Jules White. Written by Jack White (screenplay) and Warren Wilson (story). Cast includes Joe Besser, Gail Bonney, Diana Darrin, Larry Fine, Moe Howard Bek Nelson, and Emil Sitka. Seventeen minutes. Black and white. / After Joe (Besser) accidentally photographs a paper plate tossed into the sky, the other members of the Three Stooges, Moe (Howard) and Larry (Fine), take credit for the photograph and are given a $10,000 prize for ...

Yancey, Rick

Working name of Richard Yancey (1962-    ) US author, mostly of fantasy and horror, including his first two series, the Alfred Kropp sequence beginning with The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), an Arthurian fantasy set in the modern world with various Secret Masters vying over the proper use of the sword Excalibur, and the Monstrumologist sequence beginning with The Monstrumologist ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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