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Gnaedinger, Mary

(1897-1976) US editor who, as an employee of the Frank A Munsey chain of Pulp magazines, was made editor in 1939 of the new magazine Famous Fantastic Mysteries. She edited all 81 issues of the magazine, which eventually ceased publication in 1953, as well as two companion magazines: Fantastic Novels, published 1940-1941 and again 1948-1951, and A Merritt's Fantasy Magazine, published 1949-1950. All three were devoted to reprinting old stories. [MJE]

Kalu, Peter

(1963-    ) UK translator, rock musician, playwright and author who began his active career with the Moss Side Write workshop for Black writers; the Ambrose Patterson series of Near Future police thrillers – comprising Lick Shot (1993), Professor X (1995) and Yard Dogs (2001) – is set in a noir Manchester. In Lick Shot, racism is being fomented by a white supremacist group (see Race in SF); Professor X (1995) is about a biological Weapon deadly only to Blacks; ...

Space Rangers [tv]

US tv series (1993). Range Productions/Trilogy Entertainment Group for CBS-TV. Created by Pen Densham. Produced by Herbert Wright and Rachel Talalay. Directors included Ben Bole, David Burton Morris, Mikael Salome. Writers included Densham, Bret Plate, Jay Roach, Gavin Scott. Cast includes Cary Hiroyuki-Togawa, Jeff Kaake, Jack McGee and Marjorie Monahagan. Six 45-minute episodes. Colour. / In the year 2104 on the planet Avalon, Captain John Boon (Kaake) leads Space Ranger Corps team ...

Hunt, Wray

(?1886-1951) UK author, not to be confused with the essayist Wray Hunt (?   -1897), nor probably with the 1970s horror author Wray Hunt. He is of some sf interest for The Voyage to Vineland (1933), a tale which verges on Prehistoric SF in its recounting of the interactions between Mayans and Vikings a millennium ago; Galleons' Doom Deep (1939) describes the discovery of a City five miles Under the Sea. [JC]

Howrey, Meg

(?   -    ) US dancer and author whose first works of genre interest, the City of Dark Magic fantasy sequence beginning with City of Dark Magic (2012), was written as by Magnus Flyte in collaboration with Christina Lynch. She is of sf interest for The Wanderers (2017), a Near Future narrative whose protagonist, a female astronaut, finds life on Earth desolatingly hard at a time when Climate Change increasingly devastates the planet. She is offered a chance to ...

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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