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Parkin, Lance

(1971-    ) UK author associated with the Doctor Who universe, beginning with contributions to Doctor Who Fanzines, moving on to nonfiction books about the universe, such as A History of the Universe (1996), and concentrating subsequently on fiction, beginning with Doctor Who: The Missing Adventures: Cold Fusion (1996). Other nonfiction books include The Pocket Essential Alan Moore (2001 chap) (see Alan Moore) and Beyond the Final Frontier: An Unauthorized Review of the Star ...


US standard-size perfect-bound Media Magazine printed on newsprint to issue #7 and glossy paper thereafter. Publisher: Wizard Entertainment. Editors: Brian Cunningham to 2008, then Mike Cotton. 235 issues, July 1991 to January 2011. Publication schedule: monthly. / The most successful US publication devoted to Comics, at least in terms of circulation, which exceeded 100,000 copies at the height of its success in the mid-1990s. The magazine often took a lighthearted tone towards its subject ...


UK magazine, current, #1 June 1995 (published 25 May), letter-sized (A4), perfect bound, continuously numbered, on slick paper throughout, initially monthly but usually 13 times yearly from 1996 with the additional non-month issue variously dated "Christmas", "Spring" or "Summer". SFX is published by Future Publishing and was edited by Matt Bielby to #11, April 1996; then by former deputy editor Dave Golder to #132, July 2005; from #133 by Dave Bradley (though Golder returned while Bradley took ...

Gastine, Louis

(1858-1935) French author, often on subjects relating to airplane technology and air travel; a translated novel of sf interest is Les Torpilleurs de l'air: Prodigieux exploits d'un aviateur français (1912; trans G H Marchat as War in Space: Or, an Air-Craft War Between France and Germany 1913) with Louis Perrin (not acknowledged in the translation), a Future War tale set within Earth's atmosphere (not in space); a tale soon to be overtaken by events. [JC]

Epic Illustrated

US letter-size saddle-stapled colour Comics-format magazine printed on slick paper. Publisher: Marvel Comics. Editor: Archie Goodwin. 34 issues, Spring 1980 to February 1986. Publication schedule was quarterly until #4 and bimonthly thereafter. / This, at the time Marvel's most adult-oriented comics publication ever, was admittedly a direct imitation of Heavy Metal. Its planned title Odyssey was changed when it was learned that that several existing magazines carried that name. This was ...

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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