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Piller, Emanuel S

(1907-1985) US author, US editor, journalist and author, with Leonard Engel, of one of the very first Cold War Future War novels, The World Aflame: The Russian-American War of 1950 (1947), in which America's control of the air – and use of that preponderance in a nuclear first strike – proves insufficient to crush Russia, nor does a subsequent use of Poison gas turn the tide; as World War Three intensifies the Russians soon attack mainland America with nuclear bombs delivered by ...

Dark Planet

US amateur Online Magazine produced by Lucy A Snyder. It saw four formal issues between September 1995 and January 1997 and then became a cumulative magazine with stories, essays and reviews added periodically. There were eleven more fiction uploads between July 1997 and November 2001 when, due to time constraints, the magazine was mothballed. The first issue, one of the earliest in a wave of online magazines that followed the emergence of Omni Online, arose from Snyder's graduate studies in ...

Grierson, Francis D

(1888-1972) Irish-born UK soldier, lawyer, journalist and author, in active service during World War One; he is known mostly for detective fiction, much of it assembled in series including the Inspector Slim and Professor Wells sequence and the successor Chief Inspector George Muir and Superintendent Andrew Ash sequences. Grierson began to publish work of genre interest with "The Hall of the Dead" for Weird Tales, April 1923; of specific sf interest is Heart of the Moon (1928), in which a ...

Metcalf, Norm

(1937-2019) US fan, collector and bibliographer whose The Index of Science Fiction Magazines 1951-1965 (1968) is a sequel to Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926-1950 (1952) by Donald B Day, and covers the same ground as the computerized index for the same years edited by Erwin S Strauss (though without the latter's issue-by-issue contents listing). It should be remembered that one or other of these works used to be essential to the serious sf researcher in times before they were ...

Ad Astra

UK magazine, in A4 format, published by Rowlot Ltd, edited by James Manning, 16 issues, bimonthly, October/November 1978 to September/October 1981, only first two issues dated. Its subtitle, "Britain's First ScienceFact/ScienceFiction Magazine", contained the seeds of its eventual demise: Ad Astra attempted to cover too many fields, most in no real depth. The fiction, about two stories an issue – mainly from UK authors, including John Brunner, Garry Kilworth, David Langford and Ian Watson ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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