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Hunter, John

(1891-1961) UK author of a huge number of stories for the Boys' Papers and other markets from the early 1900s, under his own name and as by John Addiscombe, L H Brenning, Francis Brent, Stanton Doyle, Anthony Drummond, Peter Meriton and others, his total output being estimated as about 20,000,000 words. His sf work has not been fully identified. Typical early examples include two book-length serials: "The Lure of the Lost Land" (27 February-20 May 1922 ...

Ghost of Slumber Mountain, The

US silent film (1918). Herbert M. Dawley Production. Directed by Willis H O'Brien. Written by Herbert M Dawley and Willis H O'Brien. Special effects by Willis H O'Brien. Cast includes Herbert M. Dawley and Willis H O'Brien. Original version 40 minutes; cut to 12 minutes. Black and white. / Jack Holmes (Dawley) tells his two nephews of his visit to Slumber Mountain. Deep in the forest, he and his friend Joe arrived at the cabin of the late Mad Dick, ...

Granbelm

Japanese animated tv series (2019). Nexus. Directed by Masaharu Watanabe. Written by Jukki Hanada. Voice cast includes Yoko Hikasa, Manaka Iwami, Yurika Kubo, Miyuri Shimabukuro, Atsumi Tanezaki and Aoi Yuuki. Thirteen 24-minute episodes. Colour. / High-schooler Mangetsu Kohinata (Shimabukuro) suddenly finds herself in an unfamiliar landscape where giant Mecha controlled by teenage girls are fighting. One, Shingetsu Ernesta Fukami, ...

Collins, Robert A

(1929-2009) US scholar of science fiction who founded the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (1980-current), and edited various critical magazines and anthologies. His first published work was Thomas Burnett Swann: A Brief Critical Biography and Annotated Bibliography (1979 chap) (see Thomas Burnett Swann). The magazines include Fantasy Review (2) for some years from 1981, ...

Service, Robert W

(1874-1958) UK-born poet and author, in Canada (mostly in the Yukon Territory) between 1896 and 1912, where much of his exceedingly popular verse was set, the most famous of his collections being Songs of a Sourdough (coll 1907) and Rhymes of a Rolling Stone (coll 1912); the not entirely fortunate influence of his poetry – when read aloud, as usual – can still be registered in the sf Poetry of a century later. After 1912, ...

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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