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Infinite Matrix, The

US professional cumulative Online Magazine which posted material daily but was archived monthly. It was published by Eileen Gunn and ran, after what could have been its only issue in August 2001, from November 2001 to January 2006, with three additional issues in April 2006, January 2007 and July 2008. Along with Sci Fiction and Strange Horizons, both of which had been running for about a year, The Infinite Matrix became one of the three leading online magazines at the start of the new ...

Mister E from Tau Ceti

Animated tv series (1963). A Cayton Inc and Radio and Television Packagers production. Produced by William D Cayton. Written and directed by Fred Ladd. Cast includes Peter Lazer, Ray Owens, and Sam Raskin. 20 five-minute episodes. Black and white, colour. / "2010 AD": an American newsman detects signals from a Spaceship approaching Earth at twice the speed of light from Tau Ceti; its pilot "Mr E" is portrayed as a small boy in a tiny space capsule. The newsman explains to him the history of ...

Thorson, Alice Otillia

(1870-1929) US author of The Tribe of Pezhekee: A Legend of Minnesota (1901), in which Lost Race devices serve primarily to give depth to a local Minnesota legend. [JC]

Conrad, Earl

(1912-1986) US author, fairly prolific and sometimes controversial. His sf comprises a Near-Future novel, The Premier (1963), in which a Black segregationist creates a separatist Black state in Western America; and a collection of short stories, The Da Vinci Machine: Tales of the Population Explosion (coll of linked stories 1969), set in various futures postulated (and perhaps brought into being) by the eponymous machine. [JC]

Connie

US sf Comic strip, written and drawn by Frank Godwin (1889-1959) from its beginnings in 1927 until 1944, when it was terminated after several years of dwindling success. The early years of the strip, which featured throughout the madcap adventures of its eponymous flapper heroine, were relatively mundane, but by the mid-1930s Connie had become involved in Lost-Worlds tales, encounters with Mad Scientists, interplanetary missions and Time Travel. Godwin was not much admired for his writing, but ...

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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