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International Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. Two issues, November 1967 and June 1968, published by Galaxy Publishing Corp, edited by Frederik Pohl. The interesting idea of reprinting stories from all over the world – authors ranging from Arkady Strugatski (Russia) through Hugo Correa (Chile) to Damien Broderick (Australia) – sadly but unsurprisingly met with no success. [FHP/PN] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Clark, Pushman

Presumed pseudonym of Heidi Lampietti (1967-    ). Pushman is the ostensible name of the nephew of Ensign Clark, creator of the (fictional) 1962 sf television series, a transcript of the episodes of which comprise The Adventures of Damian Koehkh, MD: Space Doctor (coll 2004), Fabulations told in a conspicuously gonzo voice. The proper pronunciation of Koehkh is presumably "kooky"; the book is copyright by Heidi Lampietti, who is the author of Best Science Fiction of the Dark ...


Film (1999). Destination Films presents a Louis Morneau film. Directed by Louis Morneau. Written by John Logan. Cast includes Bob Gunton, Carlos Jacott, Leon, Dina Meyer and Lou Diamond Phillips. 91 minutes. Colour. / A US biological Weapons programme gone awry is the background of this formulaic Monster Movie. Having transformed Indonesian flying foxes into intelligent omnivorous killing machines, a mad military scientist (Gunton) then lets them loose on a rural Texan community. / Bats ...

Wall, A

(1828-1906) UK author, almost certainly the Victorian writer on photography, actor, playwright, journalist and painter Andrew Henry Wall, who also served as the Librarian of the Shakespeare Memorial Library in Stratford. He is the author of two novels of some sf interest: A Romance of N'Shabé: Being a Record of Startling Adventures in South Central Africa (1891) with Andrew A Anderson, set in Zimbabwe, where the last descendants of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba demonstrate to their ...

Future Histories

The grouping of generally independent-seeming sf stories into an overarching "History of the Future" is a device most famously used by Robert A Heinlein, who caught the imagination of 1940s Fandom with a timeline featuring colourful labels like "The Crazy Years" – summarized by a sequence of mildly bizarre "1969" newspaper headlines in Methuselah's Children (July-September 1941 Astounding; rev 1958) – and projected titles intended to bridge gaps in the sequence, like the never ...

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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