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Campbell, H J

(1925-1983) UK research chemist (a Fellow of the Chemical Society), author and editor. He was active in Fandom during the early 1950s as Bert Campbell. After writing some science articles he gradually branched out into the world of sf, as well as selling line drawings to many magazines, including Amateur Photographer and Television Weekly. He scripted the Daily Herald cartoon series Captain Universe and served as technical editor and then editor 1952-1956 of Authentic Science Fiction, ...

Vanguard Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, June 1958, published by Vanguard Science Fiction; edited by James Blish. Vanguard Science Fiction made a promising debut: it included the much-anthologized "Reap the Dark Tide" (vt "Shark Ship" in A Mile Beyond the Moon, coll 1958) by C M Kornbluth, plus what were intended as regular features by L Sprague de Camp and Lester del Rey. However, the decision to discontinue the magazine became inevitable almost before the first issue appeared, when the distributor ...

Monsters and Things

Letter-size, saddle-stapled Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. Magnum Publications. Editor: Larry T Shaw (credited as L T Shaw). Managing Editor: M J Shapiro. Two issues, January and April 1959. / Nominally a Cinema magazine like its companion title Monster Parade, Monsters and Things contained considerable short fiction as well as some film articles. Authors included Joseph E Kelleam and Robert Silverberg, the latter with two stories under his pseudonyms Dan Malcolm and Richard F ...

Tom Corbett: Space Cadet

US tv series (1950-1955). CBS TV, later ABC TV, and then NBC TV for season five. Produced by Mort Abrahams. Writers included Albert Aley, Alfred Bester, Joseph Greene, Jack Weinstock. Directors included George Gould, Ralph Ward. Cast includes Michael Harvey, Al Markim, Jan Merlin and Frankie Thomas. Five seasons. Three fifteen-minute episodes weekly for the first four seasons; weekly thirty-minute episodes in season five. Black and white. / Initially conceived by Joseph Greene as early as ...

New Zealand

One of the last lands discovered by Europeans, New Zealand was a convenient setting for moral and Utopian tales. The anonymous Travels of Hildebrand Bowman ... by Himself (1778), apparently by John Elliott, anticipates Samuel Butler's satirical Erewhon (1872) and Erewhon Revisited (1901). Utopian fiction by New Zealanders includes Anno Domini 2000, or Woman's Destiny (1889) by the New Zealand Premier Sir Julius Vogel, a dreary novel of a UK/US empire formed through dynastic marriage, and ...

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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