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Forrest, Aston

Pseudonym of the unidentified author (?   -    ) – probably UK – of the sf tale which makes up the bulk of The Extraordinary Islanders: Being an Authoritative Account of the Cruise of the "Asphodel", as Related by her Owner (coll 1903); his second story, much shorter, is of little sf interest. The sf story is a Satire on the now antiquated version of the Imaginary Voyage genre in which travellers discover Island societies whose characteristics ...

Big Meat Eater

Film (1982). BCD Entertainment. Director Chris Windsor. Written by Windsor, Laurence Keane. Cast includes George Dawson, Andrew Gillies, Big Miller and Howard Taylor. 82 minutes. Colour. / This Canadian musical pastiche of sf and horror films – a sort of designer midnight movie about an Invasion by two Aliens of a small town in the 1950s – waves its low budget like a flag and, despite incoherences, is cheerfully enjoyable. The aliens are played by toy robots. The plot, which ...

AC Comics

US publisher of various Comics titles, founded in Florida in 1969 by Bill Black, known originally as Paragon Publications and from 1982 to 1984 as Americomics. While primarily publishing a great deal of 1940s Golden Age comics material in various genres, AC Comics is best known for its female Superhero titles. The most famous of these is Femforce (1985-current), believed to be the first all-female superhero team in US comics. This team's roster changes on a regular basis and includes some ...

Elwood, Roger

(1943-2007) US author and editor who published a large amount of nonfiction from about 1960, and began his main career, as editor, with a number of reprint Anthologies in the 1960s – though in fact those published under his own name were ghost-edited by Sam Moskowitz; those ostensibly in collaboration with Moskowitz or Vic Ghidalia were packaged by Elwood but not edited by him. Another 1960s venture was his editorship of the very short-lived The Official Munsters Magazine (one undated ...

Moore, Jonathan

(?   -    ) US lawyer and author whose first novel, Redheads (2013), is horror whose thrust to the edges of the genre stops just short of the fantastic. Of direct sf interest is The Night Market (2018), set in the shambles of Near Future San Francisco, follows its investigator protagonist into a conspiracy-driven nightmare of commodified late-capitalist privatization/privation, where consumption is mandatory, except for those who can afford not to. The ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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