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Boyce, Chris

Working name of Christopher Boyce (1943-1999), Scottish author and newspaper research librarian who reportedly published his first sf, "Autodestruct", in 1964 in an issue of Storyteller Contest or International Storyteller which has not been traced (see Storyteller). A further and better established genre sale was "The Rig" (September 1966 SF Impulse). Boyce's most important work was the sf novel Catchworld (1975), joint winner (with Charles Logan's Shipwreck [1975]) of the Gollancz/Sunday ...

Simak, Clifford D

(1904-1988) US author whose primary occupation 1929-1976 was newspaper work, and who worked full-time for the Minneapolis Star from 1939 until his retirement, when he became a full-time writer of sf, some years past his early prime. His first published stories, beginning with "The World of the Red Sun" in Wonder Stories for December 1931, were less individual than his later work; significantly, however, that first tale deals with Time Travel, which became his favourite sf device for the ...

Arreola, Juan José

(1918-2001) Mexican author and academic whose full name was Juan José Arreola Zúñiga. Best known for his fantastic short stories, especially the Kafkaesque "El guardagujas" ["The Switchman"] (7 May 1950 México en la Cultura), he is considered one of Mexico's premier experimental short story authors and one of the masters, alongside Jorge Luis Borges, of the essay-story. Borges also described his work with one word: "freedom. Freedom of an unlimited imagination, ...

Vargo Statten Science Fiction Magazine

UK magazine published by Scion, London, for the first seven issues, then Dragon Publications; edited by "Vargo Statten" (Alistair Paterson for seven issues, then John Russell Fearn). 19 issues, January 1954 to [February] 1956. Nominally monthly, but see below. / All but the first two issues were undated. The first three issues were standard Pulp size, if a little thin, then large Digest size to #11 (January 1955), and finally pocketbook size. Intended to be a monthly, it seven times skipped ...

Hunter, Norman

(1899-1995) UK professional conjuror and author for children and Young Adult readers first active before World War Two, his publishing career having begun with Simplified Conjuring for All (1923); during a sojourn in South Africa, from 1949 to 1970, he wrote nothing. He began publishing work of genre interest with a humorous fairy tale, "The Bad Barons of Crashbania" (in Number Nine Joy Street, anth 1931, ed Michael Lynn), and began his classic Children's SF series about the slightly screwloose ...

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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