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Afford, Malcolm R

(1906-1954) Australian playwright, scriptwriter and author whose novels are adventure thrillers without fantastic content. His only known sf story, "The Gland Men of the Island" (January 1931 Wonder Stories; vt "The Ho-Ming Gland" February 1933 Amazing), is a Yellow Peril tale set on a Pacific Island, where a Mad Scientist is creating Apes as Human monsters. [JC] see also: T O'Conor Sloane. /


An Imaginary Science term coined by Percy Greg in Across the Zodiac: The Story of a Wrecked Record, Deciphered, Translated and Edited by P G (1880 2vols), denoting an Antigravity force here used to propel a Spaceship to Mars. As with Ursula Le Guin's much later coinage of Ansible, the term was adopted by other authors of both fiction and purported nonfiction. Story examples include: John Jacob Astor's A Journey in Other Worlds: A Romance of the Future (1894); S P Meek's "Cold Light" (March 1930 ...

Phoenix 2772

Japanese animated film (1980; vt Space Firebird 2772). Original title Hi no Tori 2772: Ai no Kosumozōn. Tezuka Productions, Toho Company. Based on the Manga by Osamu Tezuka. Directed by Taku Sugiyama. Written by Taku Sugiyama and Osamu Tezuka. Voice cast includes Kazuo Kumakura, Katsue Miwa, Kaneto Shiozawa and Keiko Takeshita. 122 minutes. Colour. / During his early childhood Godo (Shiozawa) is raised by a Computer, until the arrival of a female Robot, Olga (Miwa), as a rather belated ...

Flying Serpent, The

Film (1946; vt Killer with Wings). Producer's Releasing Corporation. Directed by Sam Newfield (credited as Sherman Scott). Produced by Sigmund Neufeld. Written by John T Neville from his original story. Cast includes Eddie Acuff, Hope Kramer, Ralph Lewis, James Metcalfe and George Zucco. 59 minutes. Black and white. / Demented archaeologist Professor Andrew Forbes (Zucco) has made two unlikely discoveries near San Juan, New Mexico. The first is that the Aztec Empire stretched that far north ...

Lost Continent, The

Film (1968). Hammer/Twentieth Century Fox. Directed by Michael Carreras. Written by Michael Nash, based on Uncharted Seas (1938) by Dennis Wheatley. Cast includes Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Eric Porter and Darryl Read. 98 minutes. Colour. / A ramshackle freighter wanders into the Sargasso Sea and becomes trapped in a "lost continent" (see Lost Worlds) of seaweed. Passengers and crew then face the onslaught of various menaces, including a giant octopus, a giant crab, carnivorous seaweed ...

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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