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Supersonic Saucer

Film (1956). Gaumont British Picture Corporation/British Lion Film Corporation. Directed by Guy Fergusson. Written by Dallas Bower from a story by Frank Wells. Cast includes Fella Edmonds, Gillian Harrison, Tony Lyons and Marcia Monolescue. 50 minutes. Black and white. / A small, friendly Alien from Venus is found and "adopted" by a group of schoolchildren from an English countryside school. The alien is pursued by criminals who want to use its various powers, including Telepathy, to commit ...

Holmes, Oliver Wendell

(1809-1894) US poet, essayist, editor, medical doctor and author, of sf interest in the latter capacity for Elsie Venner: A Romance of Destiny (January 1860-April 1861 The Atlantic Monthly as "The Professor's Story"; 1861 2vols), in which the classic fantasy and supernatural topos of the Lamia is reconstructed in terms of Biology: the eponymous young female, having been "poisoned" in the womb with rattlesnake venom (see Poison), grows up half-ophidian: her blood is cold; her bite venomous; she ...

Williams, Gordon

(1934-2017) Scottish journalist and author best known for the nonfantastic The Siege of Trencher's Farm (1969), filmed by Sam Peckinpah as Straw Dogs (1971), and for the Hazell detective novels with Terry Venables (1943-    ), the two writing together as P B Yuill, beginning with Hazell Plays Solomon (1974), all three volumes being later televised. The slightly earlier The Bornless Keeper (1974) as by P B Yuill (but solely by Williams) is a seemingly supernatural thriller ...

Haldeman, Jack C, II

(1941-2002) US author who began publishing sf with "Garden of Eden" for Fantastic in December 1971. His fifty or so stories tend to avoid the more serious Space-Opera themes, sticking generally to Games-and-Sports tales about Robot football players, precognitive Stars, and the like. His first novel, Vector Analysis (short version May 1977 Analog; 1978), sets problems in a Space Station devoted to medical research, and sees them solved. His second, Perry's Planet (1980), is a Star Trek tie, and ...

Futurian War Digest

UK Fanzine (1940-1945), edited from Leeds by J Michael Rosenblum; 39 issues, mimeographed UK quarto, 4pp-20pp, dated from October 1940 to March 1945. / This, though continuing from Rosenblum's The Futurian and its first wartime replacement The Pseudo-Futurian! (four issues June-September 1940), was a separately numbered Newszine of some importance as a central contact point and clearing house for UK Fandom during World War Two. Various other fanzines, and even letters between fans (a ...

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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