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WSFA Journal

US club Fanzine, first series 1965-1977 edited by Don Miller; second series, following a hiatus, 1988-current under various editors. US quarto (letter-size) format. Published for the Washington SF Association based in Washington, District of Columbia. / Besides items relating to WSFA and local Fandom, the WSFA Journal contained articles of general sf interest, including in its early years a regular column by Thomas Burnett Swann. Later issues from January 1976 to the end of the first series ...

Men Must Fight

Film (1933). MGM Studios. Directed by Edgar Selwyn. Written by C Gardner Sullivan, based on the 1932 Broadway play of the same name by S K Lauren and Reginald Lawrence. Cast includes Phillips Holmes, Ruth Selwyn, Lewis Stone, Diana Wynyard, Robert Young. 72 minutes. Black and white. / This obscure film offers a Future War view of World War Two as seen from 1933, a vision which the passage of time has converted into Alternate History. / Laura Mattson (Wynyard), a nurse in World War One, ...

Pollock, A W A

(1853-1923) UK soldier and author, an army officer from 1875 until the end of World War One; he is of sf interest for two Future War tales, Lord Roastem's Campaign in North-Eastern France With Sketch Map (1911 chap), which describes a series of imaginary battles, and In the Cockpit of Europe (1913) which specifically adumbrates World War One, with Britain coming to the aid of a beleaguered France. [JC]

Hugi, Maurice G

(1904-1947) UK author who began publishing work of genre interest in 1934 with "Temple of Doom" (26 May 1934 Scoops) and "The Mines of Haldar" for (23 June 1934 Scoops); he is perhaps best known for "The Mechanical Mice" (January 1941 Astounding), which may have been written entirely by Eric Frank Russell; "The Mill of the Gods" (July 1946 New Worlds) is a competent tale about goods of Alien manufacture flooding Earth's markets. Hugi is also credited with the posthumous publication of a routine ...

Bowman, David

(1957-2012) US author whose first novel, Let the Dog Drive (1992), features gonzo Equipoisal riffs on modern American life, with elements of fantasy, Satire and Californian Magic Realism. While evoking some of the same mix of elements, his second novel, Bunny Modern (1998), is a genuine sf Satire set in New York, in a comically conceived Near Future suddenly hassled by a lack of electricity, and the threatened sterility of the human race; but a super-competent nanny fights back. / This ...

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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