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Thomas, D M

(1935-2023) UK poet and author who made use of sf themes most explicitly in such early Poetry as "The Head-Rape" in New Worlds for March 1968 and the two-part "Computer 70: Dreams & Lovepoems" (March-April 1970 New Worlds), a sequence assembled with other poetry of interest in Logan Stone (coll 1970); or the later "S. F." (in The Umbral Anthology of Science Fiction Poetry, anth ...

Wobig, Ellen

(1911-1989) US author whose sf novella, The Youth Monopoly (1968 dos) is set initially in a moderately distant Near Future where America has declined into a jumble of City-states run by petty tyrants; escaping Metropolis, the protagonist finds himself in a mysterious "pleasure resort" whose inhabitants are granted Immortality through regular Rejuvenation ...

Rosendorfer, Herbert

(1934-2012) Italian-born lawyer, judge, painter, composer, playwright, screenwriter and author, in Germany between 1943 and 1997; he served as a judge in Munich 1967-1993, and in other judicial positions. His early novel, Der Ruinenbaumeister (1969; trans Mike Mitchell as The Architect of Ruins 1992), complexly and ambivalently inserts its narrator into an Underground world, shaped like a vast cigar as though it were a gigantified ...

Quatermass and the Pit

1. UK tv serial (1958-1959). BBC TV. Produced and directed by Rudolph Cartier. Written Nigel Kneale. Cast includes Anthony Bushell, Christine Finn, Cec Linder, André Morell, Richard Shaw and Brian Worth. Six 35-minute episodes. Black and white. / As in Quatermass and the Pit's two predecessors, The Quatermass Experiment and Quatermass II, ...

Black Cat, The

US short-story magazine founded in Boston by Herman D Umbstaetter (1851-1913) in October 1895. Umbstaetter remained its publisher, under the Short Story Publishing Co imprint, and editor until the September 1912 issue when his health forced him to sell the magazine to Samuel E Cassino (1856-1937) who ran it with his son, Herman, until 1919. Theresa E Dyer (1872-1967), who had been Umbstaetter's assistant, continued to edit the magazine, but when Cassino transferred the magazine to Salem, MA, ...

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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