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Bewildering Stories

US Online Magazine published weekly since 15 July 2002 with commendable regularity, missing only Christmas week until 2006 and then missing other major holidays so that it averaged 47 or 48 issues per year. Originally published by Jerry Wright (1946-2013) at Moses Lake, Washington and edited by Don Webb (credited as "Managing Editor; founder and originator of the Bewildering concept"), who continues with the help of a host of assistants and an editorial board. It reached its 500th issue on 29 ...

Alton, Andrea I

(1946-    ) US author whose Demon of Undoing (1988), set on a planet dominated by a cat-like Alien civilization, describes the initially uneasy but ultimately effective rapport between a crippled member of Clan Fen and the human Sig, a surviving member of an expedition whose long-ago impact on the rigidly honour-bound stratified Inkairans had been destabilizing, and who are now remembered as the Demons of Undoing. Sig soon demonstrates how wit can trump brawn. / Alton ...

Favole, Robert J

(1950-    ) US author of two connected Time Travel tales for the Young Adult market, Through the Wormhole (2001) and Monday Redux (2003), each involving its young protagonist in a trip back through time to save friends and relatives from danger. [JC]

Leonard, Lawrence

(1923-2001) UK cellist, conductor, composer and author whose Young Adult tale, The Horn of Mortal Danger (1980), is set primarily Underground beneath London, where an ancient race, distinguishable from surface humans mostly by their small stature, has flourished for many centuries by carefully imitating life on the surface. From about 1800 these Undergrounders, who now think of their world as the North London System, have shaped their lives and habitations around two conflicting but interwoven ...

Gunnels, Jen

Working name of US author and genre Theatre critic Jennifer Sue Gunnels (1968-    ), who has also published relevant work under her birth name Jennifer Sue Balloon and her previous married name Jennifer Sue Moore; she has a doctorate in Theatre History and Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her book reviews began to appear in Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction in 2008, and her sf theatre reviews have been a regular feature since 2010 of The ...

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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