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Nova SF

The title of two Amateur Magazines, one UK and one US. / 1. UK Amateur Magazine produced by Adrian Hodges, Cheltenham in octavo format. It saw five slim issues from Spring 1990 to #5 (undated but late 1992). It was one of a wave of British little magazines emulating, to some degree, Dream Magazine but generally stronger on enthusiasm than content. The magazine improved steadily and issue #3 (Winter 1990/91) is notable for an early story by Neal Asher. Problems delayed the next issue by ...

Mullally, Frederic

(1918-2014) UK journalist, publicist and author whose only sf novel – after the borderline Oh! Wicked Wanda (1970) – is Hitler Has Won (1975), based on a Comic strip in Penthouse Magazine; an a competent presentation of what has become a very common Alternate-History vision of history (see Hitler Wins). Mullally's particular explanation for Hitler's victory involves an early assault on Russia. [JC]

Shapiro, Neil

(1949-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Now No One Waits" in If for December 1969, and who was moderately active for the next decade, releasing several stories and two novels: Planet Without a Name (1976), in which the exploitation of an apparently empty planet (see Colonization of Other Worlds) is affected by First Contact with an armed Extraterrestrial species; and Mind Call (1978), in which a plague of induced insanity threatens ...

Big Pull, The

UK tv serial (1962). BBC. Producer Terence Dudley. Written Robert Gould. Cast includes William Dexter, Susan Purdie, June Tobin and Frederick Treves. Six 30-minute episodes. Black and white. / This fondly remembered thriller about alien Invasion, quite generously budgeted, has an astronaut returning to Earth after contamination by something strange in the Van Allen belts. There follow a series of strange "fusions" in which pairs of humans, one "dead" and one disappeared, return as single, ...

Clines, Peter

(1969-    ) US screenwriter and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Long, Deep Dream" in Cthulhu Unbound: Vol 2 (anth 2009) edited by Thomas Brannan and John Sunsen, and whose Ex-Heroes sequence beginning with Ex-Heroes (2010) competently exploits Horror in SF topoi as a passel of Superheroes combat a Zombie apocalypse in Near Future California, which is suffering devastation from a planetary plague that has virtually wiped out Homo sapiens. Working ...

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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