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Phillips, Alexander M

(1907-1991) US author and long-time sf fan, based in Philadelphia, who wrote a small body of science fiction, fantasy and nonfiction. He was a technical writer and draughtsman as well as an amateur naturalist and photographer. His first professionally published story was "The Death of the Moon" (February 1929 Amazing), in which advanced Aliens from the Moon attempt to conquer Earth in the Dinosaur era and are killed by a Tyrannosaurus rex. "The Thing on the Afterdeck", a 34,000 word novella, ...

Ellis, Craig

A House Name used 1940-1943 in Amazing by David Vern (see David V Reed) and Lee Rogow. [JC]

From the Earth to the Moon

Film (1958). Waverly/RKO. Directed by Byron Haskin. Written by Robert Blees, James Leicester, adapted from Jules Verne's De la terre à la lune (1865) and Autour de la lune (1870), the two published together in English translation as From the Earth to the Moon (1873). Cast includes Joseph Cotton, Deborah Paget and George Sanders. 100 minutes. Colour. / Using a new explosive, a projectile carrying human passengers is fired at the Moon from a huge cannon. Paget plays a pretty stowaway. ...

Cyborg 009

1. Japanese animated film (1966). Based on the Manga by Shotaro Ishinomori. Toei Animation. Directed by Yugo Serikawa. Written by Takashi Iijima and Yugo Serikawa. Voice cast includes Judy Ong, Hiroyuki Oota and Jouji Yanami. 65 minutes. Colour. / This was the first of several Anime based on the long-running manga Cyborg 009 (1964-1981). / When racing driver Shimamura Joe's (Oota) vehicle is sabotaged and crashes he is taken in a fake ambulance to the lair of the Black Ghosts, an ...

Stevens, Francis

Pseudonym of US author Gertrude Barrows Bennett (1883-1948), who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Curious Experience of Thomas Dunbar" in Argosy for March 1904 as by G M Barrows, and who ended her career with twelve quite highly acclaimed tales for the early Pulp magazines, all between 1917 and 1923. The longer stories include The Nightmare (14 April 1917 All-Story Weekly; 2003 chap) set in a surreal Lost World embedded in a Pacific Island with a storyline that sometimes ...

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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