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Beachcomber

A House Name of the UK newspaper The Daily Express for its By the Way column (formerly a venue for unsigned humorous pieces in The Globe 1903-1909, with P G Wodehouse as the department's assistant editor and, from August 1904, chief editor). Its first Express incarnation, from 1917 to 1919, was a society-doings column written by Major John Arbuthnot (1875-1950), who inaugurated the Beachcomber ...

Palmer, J H

(?   -?   ) US author of The Invasion of New York; Or, How Hawaii Was Annexed (1897) a Near Future Yellow Peril novel in which Japan mounts a surprise attack against America, occupies Hawaii, and with its ally Spain threatens New York; but is defeated. The book ends with a paean to America's Manifest Destiny. [JC]

Smith, J F

(1806-1890) UK author active from around 1830, very popular in the mid-nineteenth century though he died forgotten. The Chronicles of Stanfield Hall: The Young Chevalier; Or, the Wars of the Guelphs and Stuarts (1849-1850 London Journal; 1851; vt Stanfield Hall 1888-1889 3vols), published initially feuilleton-style in 59 weekly parts, inserts a range of Inventions into an historical melodrama (which itself ranges from the ...

Imaginative Tales

US Digest-size magazine, a bimonthly companion to Imagination, published by William Hamling's Greenleaf Publishing, which ran for 26 issues from September 1954-November 1958. The last three issues, July-November 1958, were published under the title Space Travel (but continued the previous numeration) in a doomed effort to capture the post-Sputnik space-enthusiast market. It was edited by ...

Barnes, John

(1957-    ) US author, married to fantasy author Kara Dalkey (1953-    ) from 1993 to 2001, who began publishing sf with "Manuel's Tears", for CoEvolution Quarterly in 1982, a tale which comprised a middle chapter of his successful first novel, The Man Who Pulled Down the Sky (1987), an effective drama involving highly coloured political conflicts throughout the solar system after World War Three ...

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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