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Tremaine, F Orlin

(1899-1956) US editor and author; his first story was "The Throwback" for Weird Tales in October 1926 as by Orlin Frederick. Already experienced in Pulp-magazine publishing – he had edited various magazines from 1921 onward, including Bernarr Macfadden's Brain Power 1921-1924 and True Story in 1924 – Tremaine assumed the editorship of Astounding Stories (see Astounding Science-Fiction) in October 1933, after it had been taken over by Street & Smith; curiously, although he had ...

Smith, Sherri L

(1971-    ) US film developer, specializing in animation, and author, primarily of fiction for the Young Adult market, gaining some notice fo the nonfantastic Flygirl (2010), about a young African-American woman who passes for white during World War Two in order to fly in a noncombatant role (women were barred from combat roles during that conflict). Of sf interest is Orleans (2013), set in the Near Future; a prologue details a sequence of devastating hurricanes (see Climate ...

Pandorum

Film (2009). Constantin Film/Impact Pictures. Produced by Paul W S Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, directed by Christian Alvart. Written by Travis Milloy, based on a story by Alvart and Milloy. Cast includes Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid and Antje Traue. 103 minutes. Colour. / An unremarkable but effective entry into the canon of "monster in a tin can" space Horror films, as exemplified by Alien (1979). Bower (Foster) and Payton (Quaid), flight crew of the Elysium, wake from Suspended ...

Ash, Brian

(1936-2010) UK scientific journalist, editor and author. His Faces of the Future: The Lessons of Science Fiction (1975) assumes that its readers might be ignorant of sf, which leads to more plot summarizing than some sf readers found useful. His Who's Who in Science Fiction (1976; rev 1977) was well received by the general press, but heavily attacked in the sf specialist press for omissions and errors; the revised edition corrected many of the inaccuracies. Ash then edited the thematically ...

Out of This World [magazine]

UK Digest-format magazine published by John Spencer and Co; edited by Samuel Assael and Maurice Nahum. Billed as "bi-monthly" but two issues only, October 1954 and January 1955. / This short-lived weird-fiction venture from the Badger Books stable is principally notable for the fact that the entire contents of both issues – each comprising five novelettes – were written by John S Glasby under his pseudonyms Max Chartair, Randall Conway, Ray Cosmic, Michael Hamilton and A J Merak ...

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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