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Quinn, James L

(1910-?   ) US editor whose Quinn Publishing Company started the magazine If in 1952; Quinn became editor after the first four issues. Its circulation gradually declined, and in 1958 Quinn appointed Damon Knight in his place. The magazine's fortunes did not revive and Quinn suspended publication, subsequently selling the title to the publishers of Galaxy Science Fiction. With Eve Wulff he edited two anthologies drawn from the Quinn Publishing era of the magazine: The First World ...

Lindner, Robert

(1914-1956) US lay psychoanalyst and prison psychologist who reported on his work in the latter capacity in Rebel Without a Cause: The Hypnoanalysis of a Criminal Psychopath (1944), filmed in 1955. He is of sf interest for "The Jet-Propelled Couch: The Story of Kirk" (December 1954-January 1955 Harper's Magazine), a long narrative essay – later included in The Fifty-Minute Hour: A Collection of True Psychoanalytic Tales (coll 1955; vt The Jet-Propelled Couch and Other True Psychoanalytic ...

DeMarce, Virginia

(1940-    ) US historian specializing in early modern European history, who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Rudolstadt Colloquy" in Grantville Gazette for October 2003. This contribution to the Assiti Shards: 1632 Shared World was followed by many further short stories with the same Alternate-History background; DeMarce edited the related 1634: The Ram Rebellion (anth 2006) with series creator Eric Flint, this being an Original Anthology to which she made ...

Leon, Mark

(?   -    ) US author of the Mind-Surfer sequence of Near Future tales – comprising Mind-Surfer (1995), The Gaia War (1995) and The Unified Field (1996) – in the second of which the manufacture of a fully-powered goddess called Gaia brings about a threat of change leading to Disaster in the year 2000, a threat that fades into the background of volume three, as the series' unbalanced protagonists travel to the stars, where Transcendence beckons. ...

Cho, Zen

(1986-    ) Malaysian author now resident in the UK, where she practices as a solicitor. She began publishing short fiction with "The Guest" in Expanded Horizons for November 2010, making her first professional sale in the following year with "­起狮,行礼" ["Rising Lion – The Lion Bows"] in Strange Horizons for 21 March 2011. / Cho's first foray into longer form was the historical romance novella The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo (2012 ...

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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