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Susann, Jacqueline

(1918-1974) US author most famous for her first novel, Valley of the Dolls (1966); her only sf is the posthumous Yargo (1979), which, written in the 1950s, tells the tale of a young woman abducted by a UFO actually trying to kidnap Albert Einstein; she falls in love with Yargo, the ruler of the planet Yargo (see Exogamy), but is sent off on Planetary Romance adventures elsewhere after she becomes unendurable. [JC]

Statistics

As of the latest update to this page on 17 January 2022, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction contains 18,925 entries totalling 6,421,921 words. There are 228,828 internal hyperlinks between entries, corresponding to cross-references in past book editions. / When the online Encyclopedia was first launched in October 2011 as the Third Edition, the figures were 12,230 entries, 3,222,920 words and 113,492 hyperlinks. The second print edition (1993) had 6571 entries totalling 1,311,108 words, ...

Williams, Neil Wynn

(1864-1940) UK author, whose two volumes of his versions of Greek folklore, Tales and Sketches of Modern Greece (coll 1894) and the Bayonet That Came Before: A Vanity of Modern Greece (coll 1896), are of very modest interest. In his sf novel, The Electric Theft (1906), highly organized anarchists are abstracting bast amounts of electricity from a great plant in Athens but, more seriously, the mastermind and Villain Stavinsky has discovered a vast cavern under London, which he supercharges with ...

Fantastic Films

Small Bedsheet-size Cinema Magazine printed on glossy paper; saddle-stapled. 46 issues from 1978 to 1985. Published in the USA by Blake Publications Corporation. Editor: Irving Karchmer. Publication schedule was nominally bimonthly, but issues appeared on a somewhat irregular basis. / One of the numerous sf film publications which appeared in the wake of the success of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Wars (1977). Fantastic Films proved to be a magazine of good quality ...

Easton, Edward

Pseudonym of US author Edward P Malerich (1940-    ), author of The Miscast Gentleman (1978), a mildly intriguing Time-Travel tale whose protagonist is transported in adventures in Elizabethan England; and The Pirate of Hitchfield (1978), which similarly transports its protagonist into the seventeenth century, where he becomes involved with pirates. [JC]

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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