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Kaempfert, Wade

An editorial House Name pseudonym (pronounced Kemfer) used by the editors of Rocket Stories: Lester del Rey on the first two issues and Harry Harrison on the third. [PN]

Welch, Edgar L

(1856/1857-1926) US author who published fiction and nonfiction as by Grip (he is not the UK Grip, an unidentified pseudonym). In 1893 Welch founded a magazine, "Grip's" Valley Gazette, published in Albany, New York, many of whose individual issues were given over to a series of at least twenty "Historical Souvenirs" in which Grip minutely describes various communities in upper New York state. By 1905 or so he became inactive. He is given an entry to ...


Russian documentary film (1965; vt The Moon). Leningrad Popular Science Film Studio. Directed by Pavel Klushantsev. Written by an unidentified author. Cast comprises unidentified actors. 51 minutes. Colour. / This documentary begins with numerous scenes of the lunar surface, accompanied by narration suggesting some discussion of the volcanic origins of lunar features; there follow several lectures, apparently also focused on the nature of the Moon, ...

Phoenix 2772

Japanese animated film (1980; vt Space Firebird 2772). Original title Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no Kosumozōn. Tezuka Productions, Toho Company. Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka. Directed by Taku Sugiyama. Written by Taku Sugiyama and Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Kazuo Kumakura, Katsue Miwa, Kaneto Shiozawa and Keiko Takeshita. 122 minutes. Colour. / During his early childhood Godo ...

Battle Beneath the Earth

Film (1967). Reynolds-Vetter Productions Ltd. Produced by Charles Reynolds and Charles F Vetter. Directed by Montgomery Tully. Written by Vetter. Cast includes Peter Arne, Martin Benson, Kerwin Mathews and Vivienne Ventura (as Viviane Ventura). 91 minutes. Colour. / Dr Arnold Kramer (Arne) is taken into custody and placed in a mental facility because he is convinced that something is tunneling underground beneath the US, like ants. Then a mine collapse in Oregon reveals a tunnel ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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