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Smith, Gregory J

(?   -    ) US patent attorney and author of the Starquest series of Space Operas beginning with Captive Planet (1986), composed with homiletic intent to espouse the Christian Religion. [JC]

Futurist, The

Australian Print Magazine published by Diverse Enterprises, Ferntree Gully, Victoria and edited by Geoffrey Dale; six issues, undated, between March 1996 and November 1997. It had both a web presence as well as the printed version, which was a slim A5 booklet, usually of around 80 pages. The website promised to run new stories in advance of their publication in the magazine. In practice the magazine had only a few new stories and misguidedly it focused on early material, even to the point of ...

Woman Eater, The

Film (1958) (vt Womaneater, 1959). Fortress Film Productions, Ltd/Eros Films (UK), Columbia Pictures (US). Produced by Guido Coen. Directed by Charles Saunders. Written by Brandon Fleming from his original story. Cast includes George Coulouris, Vera Day, Joyce Gregg and Jimmy Vaughn. 70 minutes. Black and white. / The sadistic, misogynist Mad Scientist Dr James Moran (Coulouris) returns from the Amazon with a tentacled carnivorous tree to which he feeds only women in order to extract a ...

Othmer, James P

(?   -    ) US advertising executive and author. The protagonist of his first novel, The Futurist (short version Fall 2004 Virginia Quarterly Review; much exp 2006), having lost faith in Futures Studies, is recruited in what may be the very Near Future by what may be an inscrutable government agency or in fact a cadre of Secret Masters in waiting, to globetrot the planet to find out why the world so detests America (see Satire); at a Futureworld Conference ...

Famous Films

Letter-size perfect-bound Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Editor: Russ Jones. Three issues, all in 1964. / Famous Films was apparently the first US Media Magazine to adapt Horror and sf films in photonovel or fumetti form, a practice which was to become very common for some years from the mid-1970s. The adapted stories used numerous black-and-white photographs with attached dialogue captions in the style of Comics speech balloons. Early choices were ...

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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