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Borders, Joe H

(1858-1930) US newspaper owner from Eastern Kentucky and author of The Queen of Appalachia (1901), a Lost Race novel set unusually in the eastern USA, where a civilization made up of descendants of early American pioneers has established an arcadian, monarchical Utopia supported by advanced Technology. [JC]

Pearson, Martin

Pseudonym used by Donald A Wollheim for over twenty solo stories including the Ajax Calkins series and "Mimic" (December 1942 Astonishing Stories), the last filmed Mimic (1997). There is one collaborative Pearson title, "The Embassy" (March 1942 Astounding), which Wollheim wrote with C M Kornbluth. [PN/DRL]

Earth Girls Are Easy

Film (1988). De Laurentiis/Kestrel. Directed by Julien Temple. Written by Julie Brown, Charlie Coffey, Terrence E McNally; loosely based on Brown's song of the same title from her EP album Goddess in Progress (1984). Cast includes Julie Brown, Jim Carrey, Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum and Damon Wayans. 100 minutes. Colour. / Three fur-covered humanoid Aliens – the leader Mac (Goldblum), Wiploc (Carrey) and Zeebo (Wayans) – crash their Spaceship in a swimming pool in the San ...

Untamed Women

Film (1952). Jewell Enterprises, Inc/United Artists. Produced by Richard Kay. Directed by W Merle Connell. Written by George Wallace Sayre. Cast includes Mikel Conrad, Doris Merrick and Lyle Talbot. 70 minutes. Black and white. / During World War Two, US Air Force Officer Steven Holloway (Conrad) is found drifting on a raft in the Pacific ocean, in a weakened condition. In hospital Holloway is injected with a truth Drug by Air Force Dr Colonel Loring (Talbot), and gives an account of his ...

Substance

UK A4-size small-press Semiprozine, initially subtitled The Magazine of Mature Science Fiction & Fantasy; from issue 2 Science Fiction & Fantasy. Four issues Winter 1994 to Autumn 1996, edited and published by Paul Beardsley. / Substance aspired to fill a perceived mid-1990s need for a little magazine of good quality sf, traditional rather than avant-garde, seasoned with some fantasy, interviews, news and letters. It seemed to borrow from Interzone a two-column format and several ...

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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