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Brand, Max

Best-known pseudonym of US poet and author Frederick Faust (1892-1944), who from before 1920 used many names and produced innumerable tales and filmscripts in many genres, including the Western classic Destry Rides Again (1930); it was first filmed in 1932, and became famous through the 1939 version, with James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. The psychic contortions that attend the discovery of a Missing Link in Africa (see Apes as Human) impart a lurid glow to "That Receding Brow" (15 February ...

Fantasy and Science Fiction

The often-used short form of the title of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, often referred to, in this encyclopedia and elsewhere, as F&SF. [PN] links / The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Jones, Dennis

(1945-    ) Canadian author whose first works of genre interest were Technothrillers set in the Near Future, beginning with Rubicon One (1983), which involves a threatened nuclear World War Three, Barbarossa Red (1986), which focuses on the near-to-collapse Cold War, and Winter Palace (1988), whose protagonist thwarts the eponymous scheme against civilization. More recently, Jones has turned to fantasy, with the House of the Pandragore sequence [see Checklist for titles]. ...


This is the term, in both sf and popular culture, used to indicate sentient extraterrestrial beings – creatures from other worlds endowed with reason, consciousness, thought, Intelligence (the terms for and conceptions of this vital but slippery quality vary). Aliens may have minds somewhat less capable than ours, of comparable capacity, of greater (even vastly greater) power, or minds so different that comparison becomes impossible. They may appear as invaders (see Invasion) or teachers, ...

Rhoscomyl, Owen

Pseudonym of UK author Arthur Owen Vaughan (1863-1919), who used early experiences as a cowboy in the American West to give substance to A Scout's Story (1908), in which an Indian scout discovers a Lost World in the mountains. [JC]

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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