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Fantastic Monsters of the Films

Cinema magazine, small Bedsheet-size, issued by Black Shield Productions. Seven issues from 1962 to 1963, on a bimonthly roughly schedule. Publishers were sf fan Bob Burns and film special effects artist Paul Blaisdell. Edited by Ron Haydock. Considerable material was contributed by author Jim Harmon. The magazine was a high-quality attempt to produce a more-mature publication than offerings then generally available; the photographic covers of #2-#6 showed various creatures created by Blaisdell ...

Pohl, Frederik

(1919-2013) US man-of-letters and author, professionally involved in the sf field as an editor, literary agent, fan and author since his teens, his first published piece being a poem, "Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna" (October 1937 Amazing) as by Elton V Andrews, and his first story proper – the first of well over 200 in an active career of more than seven decades (see Longevity in Writers) – being "Before the Universe" with C M Kornbluth, writing together as S D Gottesman, for ...

Warren, George

(1934-2009) US author of a Tie to the Nick Carter universe (see Nick Carter), The Doomsday Spore (1979), whose Technothriller elements are pointed to in the title. Dominant Species (1979) is a Space Opera set on the fringes of a threatened Galactic Empire, one of whose colony planets has been invaded by repellent worm-like Aliens. [JC]

Bryant, Edward

(1945-2017) US author, almost exclusively of short stories, who was born in New York State but raised in Wyoming, whose geography and culture consistently informed his work, a circumstance to which he paid his respects in Wyoming Sun (coll 1980), which assembles fictions affected by that visually superb region. Bryant began to publish work of genre interest with "They Come Only in Dreams" for Adam and "Sending the Very Best" for New Worlds, both stories published in January 1970, and remained ...

Skoggard, Bruno

(1921-1978) Swedish-born pilot, advertising executive and author, in USA from childhood, though his World War Two military service was with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Of sf interest is The Pentagon Tapes (1976), a Near Future thriller set in Washington. [JC]

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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