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Aylesworth, John

(1928-2010) Canadian author whose first work was as a television writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation; subsequently in the US, where he also worked in television. His sf novel, Fee, Fei, Fo, Fum (1963), is a comic story in which a pill enlarges a man to Brobdingnagian proportions (see Great and Small); the New York setting, and some details of the tale, prefigure E L Doctorow's Big As Life (1966). [JC]

Centauri Express, The

US audio magazine (see Audiozine) which ran for five releases, undated other than by year, between September 1987 and April 1990. It never kept to its planned quarterly schedule. Each release consisted of a single audiocassette lasting ninety minutes. On each side was a fully dramatized adaptation of a story performed by the Atlanta Radio Theatre Company of Atlanta, Georgia under the overall direction of Thomas E Fuller (1948-2002), who had first proposed the audiomagazine. The cassette also ...

Panic in Year Zero!

Film (1962; vt End of the World). Alta Vista, American International Pictures. Directed by Ray Milland. Written by Jay Simms, John Morton, story by Simms, based (without credit) on the stories "Lot" (May 1953 F&SF; vt "Panic in Year Zero" in Space Movies: Classic Science Fiction Films, anth 1995, ed Peter Haining) and "Lot's Daughter" (October 1954 F&SF) by Ward Moore. Cast includes Frankie Avalon, Jean Hagen, Milland and Mary Mitchell. 92 minutes. Black and white. / This cynical, ...

Tregillis, Ian

(1973-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Tin Man's Lament" in Inside Straight (anth 2008) edited by George R R Martin, a Wild Cards Braid; he is best known for his complicatedly Equipoisal Milkweed Triptych, starting with Bitter Seeds (2010), set in an Alternate History version of World War Two and afterwards, where Magic works, the Nazis tamper with the occult in their attempts to create Supermen, and various characters combat each other ...

Donawerth, Jane

(?   -    ) US academic, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Maryland, who has written extensively about Women SF Writers. She contributed entries about such authors to the 1993 second edition of this encyclopedia. Her first book-length publication of genre interest was Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference (anth 1994) edited by herself (as Jane L Donawerth) and Carol A Kolmerten, containing her own essay "Science Fiction by ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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