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Pandora

US Semiprozine which had three phases under three editors, the sequence held together by a thread of Feminism. Founded and initially edited by Lois Wickstrom at Sproing, Inc, Denver, Colorado from #1 (undated, October 1978) to #9 (undated, September 1982). Publication was taken over by Jean Lorrah (who had been associate editor on issues #8 and #9) with Empire Books, Murray, Kentucky, from #10 (undated, Summer 1983) to #17 (undated, Fall 1987), serving as co-editor with Wickstrom. Publication ...

Destination Inner Space

Film (1966). United Pictures/Harold Goldman/Magna. Directed by Francis Lynch. Written by Arthur C Pierce. Cast includes Scott Brady, Gary Merrill, Sheree North and Mike Road. 83 minutes. Colour. / This minuscule-budget sf film is set in a research station Under the Sea whose Scientists discover a sunken Alien Spaceship and are menaced by its freed occupant, an amphibious alien Monster from outer space whose appearance is almost embarrassingly derivative of The Creature from the Black Lagoon ...

Yates, W R

(1950-    ) US author of Diasporah (1985), a tale which moves from the Near Future destruction of Israel (and Islam) in a nuclear Holocaust to the re-establishment of a Zionist state in a Space Habitat orbiting beyond the Moon; but New Israel is also under threat (see Politics; Paranoia; Religion), particularly from the French. [JC]

Science Fiction Theatre

US tv series (1955-1957). ZIV/WRCA-TV. Produced by Ivan Tors. Hosted by Truman Bradley. Technical adviser Dr Maxwell Smith. Two seasons, 78 25 to 26-minute segments. First season colour, second season black and white. / This anthology series presented a different sf play each week. In an attempt to appeal to an adult audience, the producers went out of their way to avoid the sensationalism so prevalent in the largely juvenile-oriented sf films of the period. Unfortunately the result was ...

Graves, Robert

(1895-1985) UK poet, critic and author, C L Graves's nephew, best known for an active poetic career which began around 1911, before his active service in World War One and the war poems which established his reputation, and lasted until about 1975; and for such novels as the nonfantastic I, Claudius (1934). His tendentious claim that he wrote fiction solely for commercial reasons does little to explain the high quality of The Shout (1929 chap), a sophisticatedly recursive Club Story assembled ...

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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