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Earley, George W

(1927-2020) US engineer and editor, involved in sf Fandom in the 1940s; his sf Anthology, Encounters with Aliens: UFO's and Alien Beings in Science Fiction (anth 1968), focuses on Aliens, including some tales of First Contact. [JC/DRL]

Struck by Lightning

US tv series (1979). Fellows-Keegan Company/Paramount Television for CBS-TV. Based on characters created by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley in Frankenstein (1818; rev 1831). Produced by Michael Friedman. Director Joel Zwick. Writers included Bruce Kelish, Phillip John Taylor, Michael Russnow. Cast includes Jeff Cotler (Brian), Jack Elam, Bill Erwin (Glen Diamond), Jeffrey Kramer, Millie Slavin (Nora) and Richard Stahl (Walt Colvin). Eleven 30-minute episodes; cancelled after three episodes in US, ...

Ludwigsen, Will

(1973-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Cthulhu Fhtagn, Baby!" in Weird Tales for Spring 2002; it became the title story of his first collection, Cthulhu Fhtagn, Baby! and Other Cosmic Insolence (coll 2006), where most of his early work appears. As with the first, some of the stories assembled in his second collection, In Search Of and Others (coll 2013), reach eloquently (and comically) for Horror in SF effects, sometimes evincing wry homages ...

Cavallaro, Brittany

(1986-    ) US poet and author whose Girl-King (coll of linked poems 2015 chap) effectively comprises a book-length narrative whose young female subjects interweave their life-stories, a mosaic of careers in living that often engages in the fantastic; Unhistorical (coll 2019 chap) contains an apocryphal narrative featuring Sherlock Holmes and Watson in Scotland. Her Young Adult Charlotte Holmes sequence beginning with A Study in Charlotte (2016) features the adventures of a ...

Kasulke, Calvin

(?   -    ) US author and playwright (recipient in the latter capacity of a Lambda literary fellowship) based in New York. His debut novel – or rather, novella with a great deal of white space – is Several People Are Typing: A Novel (2021), a genial comedy told entirely through chat sessions and personal direct messages in an eccentric New York PR consultancy's internal Slack Communications network. Having inadvertently constructed a spreadsheet ...

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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