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Elliot, Lee

A House Name used for three sf novels published by Curtis Warren, one each by William Henry Fleming Bird and Denis Hughes and one – Overlord New York (1953) – by an as yet unidentified author. The last is strewn with Scientific Errors, such as a Spaceship accelerating at a killing "one mile per second per second" or 165g, with the effect on the crew being only that "None of the men was able to move without considerable muscular effort ..." [JC]

Offin, T W

(1834-1913) UK author of How the Germans Took London: Forewarned, Forearmed (1900 chap), a late contribution to the Battle of Dorking subgenre of Future War tales hinging on the Invasion of an unprepared Britain. Mrs Grundy's Zoo: A Political Play (1908 chap) is a Satirical sketch. [JC]

Radar Men from the Moon

Serial Film (1951). Republic. Directed by Fred C Brannon. Written by Ronald Davidson. Cast includes William Bakewell, Roy Barcroft, Clayton Moore, Aline Towne and George Wallace. 12 episodes totalling 167 minutes. Black and white. / Because of their dangerously thinning atmosphere, the inhabitants of the Moon seek to invade and conquer the Earth; their first step is to send one Moon man to Earth to direct human henchmen to launch a series of destructive attacks using an atomic Ray Gun. ...


Term used in this encyclopedia to cover various sf extrapolations of the walled, gated or segregated community; it is very roughly equivalent to the Edifice in fantasy [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. The sf term. It is taken from Fury (May-July 1947 Astounding as by Lawrence O'Donnell; 1950; vt Destination Infinity 1956) by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore, where Keeps are fortified domes Under the Sea into which humanity has retreated from the savage environment of Venus. ...

Chadwick, Philip George

(1893-1955) UK author, an insurance broker's clerk at the time of World War One, during which he served with the 2nd Artists Rifles. His only novel, The Death Guard (1939), made little impact at the time of publication: almost certainly most of the first edition was blitzed during the destruction of Paternoster Row around midnight 29-30 December 1940 in what came to be known as the Second Great Fire of London, and the book was therefore virtually forgotten until its 1992 reissue, glowingly ...

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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