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Bangsund, John

(1939-2020) Australian fan and professional editor who from 1966 to 1973 edited the important critical journal Australian SF Review (which see); this won a Ditmar Award as best Fanzine or amateur publication in 1969 and was renamed Scythrop in December 1969. Bangsund also edited John W Campbell: An Australian Tribute (anth dated 1972 but 1974), with essays on John W Campbell Jr by A Bertram Chandler, George Turner, Jack Williamson, Jack Wodhams and others, and a bibliography compiled by ...

Welsh, Louise

(1965-    ) UK author whose six novels to date range across several genres, from detections to historicals, none of the first five with fantastic content; of sf interest are A Lovely Way to Burn (2014) and Death Is a Welcome Guest (2015), the first instalments of a projected sequence to be known as The Plague Times Trilogy. Disaster in the form of an extremely deadly Pandemic strikes very-Near Future London, causing immense social chaos and hinting of Dystopia to come. On ...

Swenson, Patrick

(1958-    ) US editor, publisher and author, founder of Fairwood Press in 2000, which he continues to run and for which he designed many covers. Somewhat earlier in 1995 he founded and edited the magazine Talebones, which latterly operated through Fairwood. Swenson began to publish work of genre interest with "The Siren" in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine for April 1990. His Ultra sequence of interstellar Space Opera adventures, comprising The Ultra Thin Man (2014), ...

Rutherford, Meg

(1932-2006) Australian sculptor, illustrator and author, in UK at least intermittently from 1958; she is of some sf interest for The Beautiful Island (graph 1969), which is collage-based. The narrative is ostensibly pure fantasy – birds persuade the battered houses and edifices of northern lands to migrate south to a paradisal Island – but uses proto-Steampunk devices literally to carry the tale, for the buildings are all hauled or otherwise transported by ingenious humans, whose ...

Gas Giant

Item of sf Terminology invented by James Blish; it proved so useful that it is now often used by astronomers. It refers to the fact that four of the planets of our solar system are not comparatively small and dense, like Earth and Mars, but extremely large, and consist mainly of substances like hydrogen, helium, methane and ammonia. The helium content suggests the possibility of "mining" gas giants for helium-3 fuel to be used in nuclear-fusion Power Sources. Even in the cold at the outer edge ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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