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Baseball

Baseball is global in its impact and enjoys great popularity in countries as disparate as Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Japan; but the sport remains most deeply rooted in the United States, where it is still referred to commonly as the National Pastime (though, in fact, American football draws a much larger television audience). The sport has a rich history in American literature beginning in the late nineteenth century, from nonfiction game coverage by daily newspapers to Dime Novels by ...

Bluejay Books

US publishing house founded by James R Frenkel, who had previously been the editor of Dell's sf line. Bluejay Books began publishing in 1983, its books being distributed by St Martin's Press. Among its titles were Gardner Dozois's best-of-the-year anthologies (see Anthologies), books by Frenkel's wife Joan D Vinge, Dan Simmons's first novel Song of Kali (1985), Patti Perret's book of photographic studies The Faces of Science Fiction (1984) and Greg Bear's Eon (1985). Other authors included Jack ...

Ross, Jean

Pseudonym of UK children's author Irene Dale Hewson, née Richardson (1907-1985), under which she wrote A View of the Island: A Post-Atomic Fairy Tale (1965), in which a group of aristocrats, taking refuge in a Scottish Keep after World War Three, has begun by accident to suffer internal dissension as well as incursions from those who have been killed but do not know they are dead [for Posthumous Fantasy see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy]; the End of the World is averted, however, by a ...

Schmidt, Stanley

(1944-    ) US editor, author and academic, with a 1969 PhD in physics, which he taught until 1978. In that year he became editor of Analog, a position he held continually until his retirement in August 2012, matching John W Campbell Jr's thirty-four years in the post. He performed this daunting task – which at its simplest might be described as maintaining a home for the Hard SF Thought Experiment – in the forthright manner Campbell established, though rather ...

Hyperspace

In sf Terminology, a kind of specialized space through which Spaceships can take a short cut in order to get rapidly from one point in "normal" space to another far distant. The term was probably invented by John W Campbell Jr in Islands of Space (Spring 1931 Amazing Stories Quarterly; 1957). It is now so thoroughly incorporated into the conventions of Genre SF that few sf writers feel called upon to explain its meaning, although Robert A Heinlein gave a particularly clear account in Starman ...

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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