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Littell, Jonathan

(1967-    ) US author, raised partly in France (he writes in French and English), resident mostly in Barcelona, Spain. His sf novel, Bad Voltage: A Fantasy in 4/4 (1989), depicts a Cyberpunk Paris with confused verve. The young protagonist (he is Black, though the cover of the first edition depicts him as white) moves from criminal activities Underground to the upper world of the rich, which mirrors the lower. The energies of the book are expended scattershot, but ...

Bleiler, Richard

(1959-    ) US professional librarian and bibliographer, son of E F Bleiler, with whom he has collaborated on several works; his two solo works – The Index to Adventure Magazine (1990 2vols) and The Annotated Index to The Thrill Book: Complete Indexes to and Descriptions of Everything Published in Street and Smith's The Thrill Book (1991) – are invaluable explorations into rich sources of pulp literature that had hitherto been left only cursorily unexamined. Of ...

Wandrei, Donald

(1908-1987) US editor and author, founder with August Derleth in 1939 of Arkham House, which they formed initially to publish the work of H P Lovecraft, whom both admired deeply. Wandrei resigned his interest in the firm after World War Two – when he also stopped writing new fiction, though much has been published for the first time in recent years – and after Derleth's death in 1971 he declined to resume it. As a writer he was justifiably best known for his Fantasy and weird ...

Treasury of Great Science Fiction Stories

US annual reprint magazine (see Print Magazines), in standard size, a follow-up of Hendryx's Wonder Stories of 1957 and 1963. Eight issues 1964-1971, published by Popular Library; edited by Jim Hendryx Jr for #1-#3 (1964-1966), with the third issue retitled Great Science Fiction Stories. It then relaunched itself as Science Fiction Yearbook, starting again from issue #1 for five issues (1967-1971), the first three edited by Helen Tono (1922-2011), then Sharon Moore for #4 (1970) and finally ...

Amazons

Made-for-tv film (1984). ABE Circle Films/Buena Vista Television for ABC-TV. Produced by Stuart Cohen. Directed by Paul Michael Glaser. Written by David Solomon from a story by Solomon and Guerdon Trueblood. Cast includes Tamara Dobson, Jack Scalia, Madeleine Stowe and Jennifer Warren. 95 minutes. Colour. / In a prologue set in ancient times, a society of female warriors (see Women in SF) forms an Amazon culture which exists quietly alongside male-dominated civilization. Flashforward to the ...

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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