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McAllister, Bruce

Tagged: Author | Editor

(1946-    ) US academic, editor and author, director of the creative-writing programme at the University of Redlands, California, and Professor of English there from 1983 until his retirement in 1997. He has written at least eighty stories since starting to publish sf in July 1963 with "The Faces Outside" (for If), which after many years was assembled, along with a representative sample of his short work, as The Girl Who Loved Animals and Other Stories (coll 2007). "The Boy" (in New Worlds 10, anth 1976, ed Hilary Bailey) – a peculiarly revolting, skilful tale of the entropic life of a reconstructed Peter Pan and Wendy on a less than utopian Island – is an exercise about, and to some extent...

Lester, Colin

Tagged: Author | Editor | Critic

(?   -    ) UK editor and critic who began to publish work of genre interest with a review in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction #10 for June 1976; he coedited the Forum feature in the next issue, #11/#12 dated March 1977. He is of greatest sf interest for the ambitious but short-lived project The International Science Fiction Yearbook, intended as an annual summation of the sf genre and Fandom under 29 categories including APAs, Anthologies, Awards, book publishing, book clubs, booksellers, Cinema, Conventions, Fanzines, literary agents, obituaries, organizations, Pseudonyms, SF Magazines, SF Music, Television, translators, and so forth. Only one volume appeared, The International Sc...

Brown, Charles N

Tagged: Editor | Fan

(1937-2009) US publisher and editor, an sf fan who began his involvement in the field in the 1950s and who remains best known for co-founding (with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf) and running the sf news magazine Locus in 1968, initially as a Fanzine (see Newszines) addressed primarily to fans in the Boston, Massachusetts area; but eventually expanding its remit until it became the default organ of record and source of reliable information for and about the entire field: dispensing news, reviews, bibliographical updates, interviews, obituaries, Convention data and reports, and some gossip. Eventually, the sf world began to see itself through Locus. Under various masthead descriptions of his r...

Brown, Charles N

Tagged: Editor | Fan

(1937-2009) US publisher and editor, an sf fan who began his involvement in the field in the 1950s and who remains best known for co-founding (with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf) and running the sf news magazine Locus in 1968, initially as a Fanzine (see Newszines) addressed primarily to fans in the Boston, Massachusetts area; but eventually expanding its remit until it became the default organ of record and source of reliable information for and about the entire field: dispensing news, reviews, bibliographical updates, interviews, obituaries, Convention data and reports, and some gossip. Eventually, the sf world began to see itself through Locus. Under various masthead descriptions of his r...

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