Entry updated 26 October 2021. Tagged: Author, Critic, Editor, Film.
(1939-2006) UK sf and film critic, anthologist, teacher, and director of a film library. In 1969 he initiated one of the first adult evening classes in sf in the UK, sponsored by the University of London at the City Literary Institute (see SF in the Classroom), which continued until 1992 under various tutors including John Clute, Colin Greenland, Peter Nicholls, Christopher Priest, Brian Stableford and Lisa Tuttle. Strick's Science Fiction Movies (1976) is a witty, rather helter-skelter account of sf Cinema, one of the best early books on the subject despite its lack of a filmography. His film criticism continued to appear in Monthly Film Bulletin, later incorporated into Sight and Sound. Some of this material was to be incorporated into «The British Film Institute Companion to Science Fiction», which although allotted an ISBN and listed in WorldCat – with "comparison" for "Companion" – as published in 1997 (2001 and other dates are also reported) seems to be a ghost title.
Antigrav (anth 1975; vt Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies by SF Masters 1976) edited by Strick assembles funny short sf, including John Brosnan's first-published story. [PN/JC]
Philip John Strick
born Surrey: 23 September 1939
died London: 7 October 2006
works as editor
- Antigrav (London: Hutchinson of London, 1975) [anth: hb/Graham Dean]
- Antigrav: Cosmic Comedies by SF Masters (New York: Taplinger Publishing Co, 1976) [anth: vt of the above: hb/Rus Anderson]
- Science Fiction Movies (London: Octopus Books, 1976) [nonfiction: hb/film still]
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