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Psychotronic Video

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher and Editor Michael J Weldon. 41 issues from 1989 to 2006; quarterly publication schedule. / Following his early-1980s Fanzine entitled Psychotronic TV, publisher Weldon revived the publication in 1989 as a Semiprozine, gaining significant bookshop distribution. The focus was on films and, though to a lesser degree, Television programmes of the past in the Fantasy, Horror and sf genres, though adventure, crime, war ...

Selected Science Fiction

Australian Digest-size magazine. Five slim (32pp saddle-stapled) monthly issues May-September 1955, published by Malian Press, Sydney; edited anonymously by James Mitchell. Selected Science Fiction, a companion to American Science Fiction Magazine, reprinted US material of quite good quality, including work by Philip K Dick, James Blish and Judith Merril. All covers were by Stanley Pitt (1925-2002). [FHP/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Malraux, André

(1901-1976) French statesman, adventurer and author whose La Voie royale (1930; trans Stuart Gilbert as The Royal Way 1935) conveys a slightly peripheral Lost World atmosphere as its spiritually ambitious protagonist travel further and further into a heart of darkness in Cambodia and Laos, searching for a mysterious lost guru. [JC]

Andromeda Strain, The

Film (1971). Universal. Directed by Robert Wise. Written by Nelson Gidding, based on The Andromeda Strain (1969) by Michael Crichton. Cast includes Arthur Hill, James Olson, Kate Reid and David Wayne. 130 minutes. Colour. / This film, whose director had in 1951 made the classic sf film The Day the Earth Stood Still, concerns a microscopic organism, inadvertently brought to Earth on a returning US army satellite, which had been knocked off-course by a meteorite; the organism causes the ...

Frank Reade Library

US Dime-Novel SF series, letter-size. 191 issues (though #188-#191 are reprints of #1-#4) 24 September 1892 to 8 August 1898, weekly to 8 June 1894 (#82), biweekly from then on. Cost five cents. Published by Frank Tousey, Publisher, New York. (Partial reissue 1902-1904, partial UK reprint.) All issues were printed on very poor paper and seldom survive in good condition; the 1902-1904 reissue, with coloured covers, is sometimes considered more desirable than the first printing. / This was ...

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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