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Rienow, Leona

(1903-1983) US author whose short Dark Pool Prehistoric SF sequence for children comprises The Bewitched Caverns (1948) and The Dark Pool (1949). With her husband Robert Rienow (1909-1989), a political scientist, she later wrote The Year of the Last Eagle (1970), a sour Near-Future comedy about Ecology, set in 1989. The hero's job, dejectedly earthbound after a decade in synchronous orbit, is to locate the last bald eagles (the national bird of America), if any still exist. [JC/PN]

Coney, Michael G

(1932-2005) UK-born accountant, hotel manager (in the West Indies 1969-1972) and author, in Canada from 1973, serving with the British Columbia Forest Service until his retirement in 1989, an experience he described in Forest Ranger, Ahoy! (1989). He was the manager of the Jabberwock Hotel in Antigua when he published his first professional story, "Sixth Sense", for Visions of Tomorrow in 1969; several more followed rapidly. His first novel, Mirror Image (1972) features Alien "amorphs" who can ...

Margrie, William

(1877-1960) UK philosopher and author whose Near Future tale, The Story of a Great Experiment: How England Produced the First Superman (1927), dramatizes his conviction that strictly applied Eugenics was required for the Evolution of the human race; unfortunately for women, their central role is to breed better men. A Capitalist Utopia: A Message for Workers, Politicians, and Employers (1929) is a thinly fictionalized reiteration of the same principles; the earlier The Mighty Heart; A Survey of ...


Canadian Anthology series (1985-current) showcasing both original and reprinted fiction and Poetry by authors from Canada. The first volume was Tesseracts (anth 1985) edited by Judith Merril; this and the next three appeared from Press Porcépic under the dedicated imprint Porcépic Books/Tesseract, becoming Beach Holme/Tesseract for #4 only. #5-#8 were published by Candas Jane Dorsey's The Books Collective/Tesseract Books, and those from #9 onwards have appeared from Hades ...

Sargent, Pamela

(1948-    ) US editor and author with an MA in classical philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she taught until 1971; she has lived with George Zebrowski for many years. She began to publish work of genre interest with "Landed Minority", in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction as early as September 1970, her early work being assembled in Starshadows: Ten Stories (coll 1977) and The Best of Pamela Sargent (coll 1987) edited by Martin H ...

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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