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Marvel Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, nine issues August 1938 to April 1941, revived for a further six issues November 1950 to May 1952; published by Postal Publications (first two issues), then by Western Fiction Publishing for the remainder of the first series, and finally by Stadium Publishing, all in New York, and all imprints of the publishers Martin and Abraham Goodman who would launch Marvel Comics in 1939. The first series was edited, uncredited, by Robert O Erisman (1908-1995), and though he was overall ...

Mothership Zeta

US quarterly Online Magazine produced by Escape Artists, Inc. and edited by Mur Lafferty. It is a companion to the podzines Escape Pod, Pseudopod and Podcastle. After a small trial issue in September 2015, it appeared for six issues from October 2015 to January 2017 before it ran into financial difficulties. / Its emphasis was on fiction that was fun and did not take itself too seriously. That was demonstrated in the first issue with the Lovecraftian spoof "Tales of a Fourth-Grade Shoggoth" ...

Cole, Adrian

(1949-    ) UK author, most of whose books lace fantasy and horror venues with sf devices, but which in the final analysis read essentially as fantasies. He began publishing work of genre interest with "Wired Tales" for Dark Horizons #6 in Summer 1973, and several stories soon followed about a not entirely unusual Cursed Warrior named The Voidal, culminating perhaps in The Coming of the Voidal (1977 chap), and all revised, with some new content, as Oblivion Hand (coll 2001). ...

Man With Nine Lives, The

Film (1940). Columbia Pictures Corporation. Produced by Irving Briskin and Wallace MacDonald (uncredited). Directed by Nick Grinde (as Nick Grindé). Written by Karl Brown from an original story by Harold Shumate. Cast includes Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor and Jo Ann Sayers. 74 minutes. Black and white. / Dr Tim Mason (Pryor) is working on Cryogenic treatment of chronic medical problems, continuing the work of the vanished Dr Leon Kravaal (Karloff). As his work has brought unwanted ...

Mann, George

(1978-    ) UK editor and author whose The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1999) was an ambitious one-person attempt to cover the field, though necessarily it lacked scope (the term Mammoth in the title was imposed by the publishers to echo their numerous The Mammoth Book of ... anthologies edited by Mike Ashley and others). His first sf novel, The Human Abstract (2004) is a competent Space Opera (see also Colonization of Other Worlds), but his most interesting work ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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