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Chikyū Bōeigun

Film (1957; vt The Mysterians; vt Earth Defense Force). Toho/MGM. Directed by Inoshiro Honda. Written by Takeshi Kimura, based on a story by Jojiro Okami. Cast includes Akihiko Hirata, Kenji Sahara and Yumi Shirakawa. 89 minutes. Colour. / This Japanese sf Pulp epic is about Alien invaders, their own planet destroyed by nuclear Holocaust, who land in Japan seeking women for breeding purposes. Its memorable images, best observed at midnight in a drive-in cinema, include a giant birdlike ...

Tenneshaw, S M

Floating pseudonym or House Name used 1947-1958 by Ziff-Davis and by the other Chicago magazines Imagination and Imaginative Tales. Initially Tenneshaw was used by William Hamling as a personal pseudonym, many of the twenty-two sf stories whose authors have not been identified being perhaps by him; later it was used once by Randall Garrett alone, three times by him in collaboration with Robert Silverberg, once by Silverberg alone, once by Milton Lesser and once by Edmond Hamilton. [PN]

Winship, Glen B

(1887-1966) US author of the nonfiction Wealth (1919), and Volonor (1925), a Dystopia in which women must engage in free love at male behest, while being denied the right to own property (Economics; Feminism; Sex; Women in SF). [JC]

Hichens, Robert

(1864-1950) UK journalist and author, active from about 1886 for more than half a century but now almost forgotten except for The Green Carnation (1894) – which dangerously exploits Oscar Wilde and 1890s Decadence in general – and The Garden of Allah (1904); though neither tale is literally fantastic, they are both written in a style so heated, and so confused about the loathsome allure of Sex, that they seem infused with the supernatural. As befitting a man of fifty, Hichens served ...

Bernard, John

Pseudonym of Irish author Annie O'Meara de Vic Beamish (1883-1969), who founded and operated language schools on the Continent, and who was author of at least two dog books. Her novel The New Race of Devils (1921) describes a Near-Future German plan to create a new race through artificial insemination (see Eugenics); in the main section of the tale, set in 1934, an amoral Superman, about to become instrumental in an Invasion of England by channel tunnel, finds love. The King's Missal (1934) as ...

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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