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Amazing Forries

US letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine. Publisher: Metropolis Publications. Editor: Forrest J Ackerman. One issue, dated October 2026 on the cover; published November 1976. / Subtitled "This is Your Life / Forrest J Ackerman", this one-off autobiographical celebration was reportedly financed in part by James Warren of Warren Publishing, though issued by Ackerman himself. Contributors included Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch and other long-time friends of Ackerman. The cover is a retouched ...

Fairfax, John

(1930-2009) UK poet, editor and small-press publisher who co-founded the Arvon Foundation, which still organizes many UK writers' courses and workshops. His principal contribution to sf is as editor of one of the pioneering genre Poetry anthologies of the late 1960s: Frontier of Going: An Anthology of Space Poetry (anth 1969), celebrating Space Flight in particular. Contributors include Robert Conquest, Ronald Duncan, James Kirkup, Edward Lucie-Smith, James Kirkup, John Moat (1936-2014), Peter ...

Herrick, Robert

(1868-1938) US academic, diplomat and author best known for The Master of the Inn (1908), whose eponymous hero cures the mentally ill by making them work hard while contemplating the purposelessness of life as our governors and religionists would have it. His one sf novel, Sometime (1933), set mostly in Africa 1000 years hence, describes en passant the visit of some Africans to a post-ice-age North America (see Ruins and Futurity), where the races have finally bred together successfully in ...

Roberts, Bechhofer

(1894-1949) UK journalist and author of two thematically connected Near Future spoofs on bureaucracy, The Birdseed Pool (1940), where the chair of a Government control board, appointed through nepotism, fails to rationalize the market for birdseed as World War Two deepens; and the similar Sunrise in the West: An Absurdity (1945). His thrillers as by Ephesian do not contain fantasy. [JC]

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend

Film (1985; vt Dinosaur ... Secret of the Lost Legend). Touchstone Pictures (see The Walt Disney Company), Buena Vista Distribution. Produced by Jonathan T Taplin and Roger Spottiswood. Directed by Bill L Norton (credited as B W L Norton). Written by Clifford and Ellen Greene, based on the juvenile storybook by David Lee Miller. Cast includes William Katt, Patrick McGoohan and Sean Young. 95 minutes. Colour. / Two young married Scientists, George Loomis (Katt) and Susan (Young), are in ...

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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