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US tv series (2017-2019). Gilbert Productions / Anonymous Content / Gate 34 / MRC / Starz Originals, distributed by Starz! Created by Justin Marks. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez, Charlotte Brändström, Hanelle M Culpepper, Lukas Ettlin, Jennifer Getzinger, Justin Marks, Charles Martin, Alik Sakharov, Morten Tyldum and Stephen Williams. Written by Marks; other writers are Amy Berg, Justin Britt-Gibson, Maegan Houang, Erin Levy, Maria Melnik, Tom Pabst, Zak Schwartz and Gianna Sobol. ...

Strange Fantasy

One of the many reprint Digest-size magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co; compiled anonymously by Cohen. Six issues, three in 1969 (#8-#10) and three in 1970 (#11-#13). The strange numbering is related to the temporary death in 1969 of Science Fiction Classics after #8, but Strange Fantasy is not simply a variant title of the latter, which began again in 1971 with #12. Also, Strange Fantasy concentrated on fantasy (while printing some sf), mostly reprinted from Fantastic ...

Wank, Elihu S

Pseudonym of UK author A Gordon Jones (?   -?   ) whose How I Discovered the North Pole [for full title see Checklist below] (1909) is a Parody of Polar expedition narratives, including the use of a prehistoric mammoth (see Lost World; Prehistoric SF) in the role of elephant, and the capture of giant whelks. Sherlock Holmes makes a brief appearance. [JC]

Boyce, Chris

Working name of Christopher Boyce (1943-1999), Scottish author and newspaper research librarian who reportedly published his first sf, "Autodestruct", in 1964 in an issue of Storyteller Contest or International Storyteller which has not been traced (see Storyteller). A further and better established genre sale was "The Rig" (September 1966 SF Impulse). Boyce's most important work was the sf novel Catchworld (1975), joint winner (with Charles Logan's Shipwreck [1975]) of the Gollancz/Sunday ...

Shea, Robert

(1933-1994) US author and senior editor of Playboy magazine who began publishing work of genre interest with The Helpful Robots (September 1957 Fantastic Universe; 2009 ebook). He is best known for collaborating with Robert Anton Wilson on the Illuminatus! trilogy – The Eye in the Pyramid (1975), The Golden Apple (1975) and Leviathan (1975), all assembled as The Illuminatus Trilogy (omni 1984) – in which detective, Fantasy and sf components combine in the extremely complex tale of a ...

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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