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Pulp [fanzine]

1. US Fanzine (1970-1981) edited by Robert E Weinberg. 14 issues from #1 (Fall 1970) to #13 (Fall 1981), the count being made up by the interpolated #5½ (July 1973); US quarto format from #1 to #5 (July 1973); octavo from #6 (Summer 1974) onward. This fanzine focused on the Pulp magazine tradition and featured many interviews with pulp authors such as Frederick C Davis and Walter B Gibson. Contributors included Edmond Hamilton on Captain Future (#3, Summer 1971) – with the opening ...


An important item of sf Terminology, from the Greek words for "movement at a distance". Thus telekinesis is the ability to move objects by the power of the mind, which after Telepathy is the most commonly used Psi Power in sf. The word was not coined by an sf author: the Oxford English Dictionary gives an 1890 citation from Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research. It appeared in sf as early as 1949 – Charles L Harness uses "telekineticist" in "Flight into Yesterday" (May 1949 ...

Smith, D Alexander

(1953-    ) US investment banker and author who served as Treasurer of Science Fiction Writers of America 1987-1990 and has written several articles on Wargame strategy. The Marathon sequence comprising Marathon (1982), Rendezvous (1988) and Homecoming (1990) analyses in some depth a First Contact event, depicting with very considerable cunning the slow process of learning and ultimate Conceptual Breakthrough attendant upon any genuine confrontation of Homo sapiens with the ...

Release the Spyce

Japanese animated tv series (2018). Lay-duce. Created by Sorasaki F, Takahiro and Namori. Directed by Akira Sato. Written by Aoi Akashiro and Takahiro. Voice cast includes Yukari Anzai, Akane Fujita, Shizuka Ito, Yuri Noguchi, Manami Numakura, Aya Suzaki, Risa Taneda and Aya Uchida. Twelve 25-minute episodes. Colour. / The Tsukikage crime fighting team comprises six ninja schoolgirls whose enhanced skills come from a Drug called Spyce, which only works – in an Anime-obliging example ...

Taylor, C Bryson

(1880-1936) US author, active from 1898; of some sf interest is her first novel, In the Dwellings of the Wilderness (1904), in which the Reincarnated spirit of a woman buried alive in Ancient Egypt becomes a She figure who may well be a Vampire. Nicanor Teller of Tales: A Story of Roman Britain (1906), comes close to the fantastic in recounting the life of Nicanor, a peasant in occupied Britain who becomes a seer-like teller of tales. [JC]

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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