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Loomis, Noel

(1905-1969) US author and editor, active in the magazine field for some time, publishing work under his own name and as Benjamin Miller, and a book as by Silas Water. Though his first novel, Murder Goes to Press (1937), was a thriller, he was most successful as an author of Westerns. In his first sf novel, City of Glass (July 1942 Startling; exp 1955), based on his first sf story, three men are time-warped into a desolate Far Future on Earth; "Iron Men" (Winter 1945 Startling) is a sequel. A ...

Snowbeast

US made-for-tv film (1977). Douglas S Cramer Productions/NBC. Produced by Wilfred Lloyd Baumes. Directed by Herb Wallerstein. Written by Joseph Stefano. Cast includes Robert Logan, Yvette Mimieux, Sylvia Sidney, Bo Svenson and Clint Walker. 86 minutes. Colour. / A pair of young women at a Colorado ski resort are attacked and killed by something not clearly seen, an incident which is at first blamed upon a rogue bear. Head ski-patrol director Tony Rill (Logan) realizes at once that something ...

Tales from the Darkside

US tv series (1983-1988). Laurel Entertainment, Inc. Syndicated. Created by Richard P Rubinstein. Executive producers Jerry Golod, George A Romero and Richard P Rubinstein. Directors included Frank De Palma, Jody Foster and Tom Savini. Writers included Harlan Ellison, David Gerrold, Michael Kube-McDowell and Edithe Swenson. 90 30-minute episodes. Colour. / This horror and fantasy Television Anthology Series was inspired by the Romero-directed film Creepshow (1982). The series was ...

Bubblegum Crisis

Japanese Original Video Animation (1987-1991; vt Bubblegum Crisis 2033). Artmic and AIC. Directed by Katsuhito Akiyama. Written by Toshimichi Suzuki. Voice cast includes Toshio Furukawa, Akiko Hiramatsu, Kinuko Ômori, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Michie Tomizawa. Eight episodes of 26-52 minutes. Colour. / Sylia Stingray's (Sakakibara) Scientist father is murdered and his work stolen by the evil megacorporation GENOM, who use his designs to manufacture robots called Boomers, which are as ...

Feibush, Ray

(1948-1998) UK artist, occasionally working as Raymond Feibush, known for the string of sf covers he produced for New English Library/NEL during the 1970s; he painted using primarily gouache and acrylics, sans airbrush, and often in a quasi-surrealist style – although as capable as any of producing more straightforward sf artwork. He spent his formative years in the US, attending Forest Hills High School, Forest Hills, New York State, whose alumni association remembers him as "the ...

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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