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Skinkle, Dorothy

(1927-1979) US author of an sf novel, Star Giant (1969), in which an Alien exiled to Earth must – like his earlier fellows who impersonated Hercules and Abraham Lincoln and others – make use of his excessive height and superior intellect to defend the planet. [JC]

Wager, Walter

(1924-2004) US crime and spy-thriller author who also wrote as John Tiger and (his first and second names) Walter Herman. His borderline-sf political suspense thriller Viper Three (1971), in which escaped prisoners take over a US nuclear missile silo and blackmail the government with threats of a launch that will trigger World War Three, was adapted for Cinema with a somewhat different slant and ending as Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977; vt Nuclear Countdown). Also of sf interest is the Satire ...

Monster World

1. Letter-size Cinema Magazine in perfect-bound format, printed on newsprint-quality paper. Publisher: Warren Publishing Editor: Forrest J Ackerman. Ten issues, November 1964 to September 1966. Publication was nominally bimonthly but in fact sporadic. / Monster World was an attempt at a companion title to Famous Monsters of Filmland, and was almost identical to its parent magazine. Sales were much lower than expected, however, and it soon folded. The publisher James Warren retroactively ...

Richardson, E

(1867-?   ) UK author of Neutopia (1925), an sf novel in which a Lost World is come upon by male explorers; it is protected by a desert whose location is not given. Here a socialist Utopia has been founded by women (see Women in SF) who, after a terrible war, have evolved a kind of empathy-derived Telepathy, and devote themselves to Eugenics. [JC]

Lieberman, Herbert

(1933-    ) US editor, journalist and author of several novels, most of which engage in scenarios involving flight and literal or metaphorical incarceration, but only one of which, Sandman, Sleep (1993), is sf. In the moderately distant Near Future, on a congested but psychically remote Island, a Mad Scientist father-figure conducts experiments in Genetic Engineering in his search for Immortality. References to H G Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896) are made at ...

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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