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Johnson, Alaya Dawn

(1982-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Shard of Glass" in Strange Horizons for February 2005, and most of whose work has been Fantasy: including the Spirit Binders sequence beginning with Racing the Dark (2007), which is set in Polynesia before the whites came, and featuring characters in control of the spirit world; and the Zephyr Hollis sequence beginning with Moonshine (2010), featuring a Vampire in New York. This second series can be ...

Whip Hand, The

Film (1951; vt The Enemy Within). RKO Radio Pictures. Produced by Lewis J Rachmil. Directed by William Cameron Menzies. Written by George Bricker, and Frank L Moss from a story by Roy Hamilton, and Stanley Rubin. Cast includes Carla Balenda, Edgar Barrier, Raymond Burr (Steve Loomis), Elliot Reid and Otto Waldis (Dr Wilhelm Bucholtz). 82 minutes. Black and white. / While on a fishing trip to Minnesota, magazine writer Matt Corbin (Reid) stumbles across a lake where all the fish have died, ...

Miracle Science and Fantasy Stories

US Pulp magazine, two issues, April/May and June/July 1931, published by Good Story Magazine, New York, one of the new companies set up by Harold Hersey, previously editor of Thrill Book. The magazine was edited by Douglas M Dold, who had been blinded in the First World War, so effectively worked in collaboration with his brother, the artist Elliott Dold. The magazine featured undistinguished pulp adventure fiction by both Douglas and Elliott Dold, Victor Rousseau and the little-known John ...


["Cosmic Dust"] Japanese Fanzine (1957-2009), famously and entirely a pet project of the prominent editor, translator and author Takumi Shibano, which formed an integral part of its country's Fandom in the latter part of the twentieth century. / Founded as a monthly mimeographed publication in 1957, Uchūjin was never a large-circulation journal, with print-runs usually in the hundreds and only peaking around 1000 in the 1970s. It became, however, effectively the in-house club magazine ...

Garver, Ronald G

(1938-    ) US author known only for one, slightly inflamed, but otherwise unremarkable sf novel featuring UFOs: The Saucer People (1957). [JC]

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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