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Norris, Frank

(1907-1967) US editor and author of an sf Satire, Nutro 29: A Romance (1950), in which the Invention of a Food Pill, which eliminates any need to treat feeding the world as subject to considerations of scarcity, is received coldly by those in power. He should not be confused with the author Frank Norris (1870-1902). [JC]

Hyde, Christopher

(1949-    ) Canadian television interviewer and author, generally of Technothrillers, beginning with The Wave (1979) and continuing with titles like The Icarus Seal (1982) and Crestwood Heights (1988), the eponymous village under siege in the latter tale evoking Stephen King, Ira Levin's The Stepford Wives (1974), and even John Wyndham's The Midwich Cuckoos (1956). Egypt Green (1989) depicts a possibly Near Future world in which bright children are sequestered in Keeps until ...

Mines, Samuel

(1909-1998) US editor who worked from 1942 for Standard Magazines, the chain that published Startling Stories and Thrilling Wonder Stories. Although an sf enthusiast – he published four stories in Thrilling Wonder Stories, beginning with "Find the Sculptor" in 1946 – he concentrated mainly editing on non-sf pulps until Sam Merwin Jr left the company in 1951, whereupon he took over the editorship of Startling Stories (November 1951-Fall 1954), Thrilling Wonder (December 1951-Summer ...

Screen Chills and Macabre Stories

Pulp-size magazine. Pep Publishers and Printers of Croydon, South London. Editor: uncredited, believed to have been Leslie Syddall. One undated issue; possibly November 1957. / This extremely rare publication is of historical importance since – although the exact date of publication remains unknown – it may have preceded Famous Monsters of Filmland as the first Movie Monster magazine. Contents included Horror fiction along with reviews of such current films as I Was a Teenage ...

Spider, The

US Pulp magazine, 118 issues October 1933 to December 1943; monthly until February 1943, bimonthly thereafter. Published by Popular Publications; edited initially by Rogers Terrill until mid-1936 when he was elevated to Editorial Director, and then by a succession of editors until W Ryerson Johnson closed down the final issue. The Spider, one of the hero/villain pulps, began as a straightforward imitation of the highly successful The Shadow, telling of a mysterious caped avenger. The first two ...

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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