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A Merritt's Fantasy Magazine

US Pulp magazine, 5 issues, December 1949 to October 1950, published by Popular Publications under their imprint Recreational Reading, Inc. No editor was credited, but it is believed to have been Harry Widmer, though Mary Gnaedinger may well have also been involved. A Merritt's Fantasy Magazine was a companion magazine to Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels, and was begun in response to the considerable enthusiasm engendered by the reprinting of A Merritt's fiction in those ...

Lazarus, Henry

(1855-1922) UK author, active in the 1890s, not to be confused with the well-known clarinetist, Henry Lazarus (1815-1895); his Future History, The English Revolution of the Twentieth Century: A Prospective History (1894), caused some stir through its advocacy of a welfare state, which the text pictures as following on from a revolution by the forces of Labour led by the redoubtable Carlyle Democritus. [JC]

Homeostatic Systems

An item of sf Terminology borrowed from the pre-digital-Computer era of Cybernetics. A homeostatic system is a device which automatically maintains itself in a state of equilibrium, with input and output exactly balanced, using negative feedback devices to do so. The term originally came from physiology, for the human body itself has many homeostatic systems – perhaps more simply thought of, to use less scientific terminology, as self-regulating systems. For example, through a variety of ...

Cooper, Richard

(1930-1998) UK author, mostly of scripts for children's television series, including Code Name Icarus (1984), a very Near Future tale about the exploitation of gifted children which he novelized as Code Name Icarus (1984), and Knights of God (1987), which he novelized as Knights of God (1987); the story is set in the year 2020, in an England ruled by a narrow theocracy whose leader is named, significantly, Mordrin. In the event, a group of young protagonists manages to bring back the Royal ...

Pearson, Martin

Pseudonym used by Donald A Wollheim for over twenty solo stories including the Ajax Calkins series and "Mimic" (December 1942 Astonishing Stories), the last filmed Mimic (1997). There is one collaborative Pearson title, "The Embassy" (March 1942 Astounding), which Wollheim wrote with C M Kornbluth. [PN/DRL]

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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