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Fox, Gardner F

(1911-1986) US lawyer and author, who began writing in 1937 for DC Comics, including Superman. Arguably his most important work was for Comics: though it is claimed that he published at least 160 books under various names – not all are given here – this total pales beside his 4000 or more comic-book stories, also under a variety of names. He created The Flash as well as the first Superhero team, the Justice Society of America, in 1940; in the 1960s he was one of those responsible ...

Slater, Henry J

(1879-1963) UK author whose work showed the influence of H G Wells in both Ship of Destiny (1951), where Post-Holocaust survivors sail across a drowned Europe, and The Smashed World (1952), set 3000 years hence in a World State which is destroyed by a reborn Napoleon. Some of Slater's effects oddly prefigure the afterlife fantasies of Philip José Farmer. [JC] see also: Reincarnation. /

Queen of Blood

Film (1966; vt Planet of Blood). Cinema West Productions. American version of Mechte Navstrechu (1963; vt A Dream Come True; vt Encounter in Space), directed by Curtis Harrington. Written by Curtis Harrington. Cast includes Robert Boon, Don Eitner, Dennis Hopper, Florence Marly, Judi Meredith, Basil Rathbone and John Saxon. 81 minutes. Colour. / While this film is based on, and incorporates a great deal of footage from, the Soviet film Mechte Navstrechu, it is essentially a different film ...

Pitt, Stanley

(1925-2002) Australian Comics artist, cartoonist and illustrator, active from around 1942, his early comics work in particular influenced by Alex Raymond's Flash Gordon; over an exceedingly prolific career he sometimes signed his name Stan Pitt, and sometimes worked as by Safone Jais. His first original work of sf interest is probably the comic strip Silver Starr in the Flameworld (24 November 1946-November 1948 Sunday Sun [and elsewhere]), in which Silver Starr flies a rocketship into the ...

Robbins, David

(1950-    ) US author, prolific in several genres under various names, his first novel, The Wereling (1983), being horror; perhaps best known for the nonfantastic Wilderness sequence of Westerns as by David Thompson. He is of greatest sf interest for the Endworld Post-Holocaust Survivalist sequence, which begins with Endworld #1: The Fox Run (1986) and ends with Endworld #27: Chicago Run (1991); a prequel, Endworld: Doomsday (2009), followed much later. Three persistent ...

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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