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Elliot, Lee

A House Name used for three sf novels published by Curtis Warren, one each by William Henry Fleming Bird and Denis Hughes and one – Overlord New York (1953) – by an as yet unidentified author. The last is strewn with Scientific Errors, such as a Spaceship accelerating at a killing "one mile per second per second" or 165g, with the effect on the crew being only that "None of the men was able to move without considerable muscular effort ..." [JC]


Film (1951). Columbia. Produced, written and directed by Arch Oboler. Cast includes James Anderson, Susan Douglas, Charles Lampkin, Earl Lee and William Phipps. 93 minutes, cut to 89 minutes (UK). Black and white. / The first "after the bomb" Post-Holocaust film, Five concerns five US survivors: a mountaineer, a pregnant girl, a token Black, a cashier and an adventurer. This is a gloomy art film with low-budget, grainy photography, a scientifically bogus explanation for the five's survival, ...

Amazing Stories

"The magazine of scientifiction", with whose founding Hugo Gernsback announced the existence of sf as a distinct literary species. It was initially a letter-sized SF Magazine issued monthly by Gernsback's Experimenter Publishing Company as a companion to Science and Invention and Radio News, first issue dated April 1926, and was the first magazine to publish science fiction exclusively. The original title survived to 2005, through a succession of publishers, and was subsequently resurrected by ...

Cox, Richard [2]

(1970-    ) US author, not to be confused with Richard (Hubert Francis) Cox (see previous entry); his two sf novels are Rift (2004), about an experimental Teleportation device, and The God Particle (2005), in which the search for a theoretical sub-atomic particle leads a Scientist in the direction of the eponymous deus ex machina. [JC]

Justice League

US animated tv series (2001-2006; vt Justice League Unlimited). Warner Brothers Animation for the Cartoon Network. Produced by James Tucker, Rich Fogel, Dwayne McDuffie, Glen Murakami, Linda Steiner and Bruce W Timm. Directed by Dan Riba, Joaquim Dos Santos and Butch Lukic. Writers included Stan Berkowitz, Keith Damron, J M DeMatteis, Paul Dini, Fogel, Dave Gibbons, Bob Goodman, Joseph Kuhr, Alan Moore, Dennis O'Neal, Dwayne McDuffie. Based on characters created by Neal Adams, C C Beck, John ...

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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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