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Magidoff, Robert

(1905-1970) Russian-born US academic, possibly born Rubin Magidenko, Professor of Russian Literature at New York University 1961-1970. He edited (but did not translate) three sf Anthologies: Russian Science Fiction (anth 1964), Russian Science Fiction, 1968 (anth 1968) and Russian Science Fiction, 1969 (anth 1969). [PN]


It is easy to concur with the adage that California was not so much discovered as invented: that California is, therefore, pure sf. Certainly, with the possible exception of the legend of El Dorado, there is little before 1800 that provides grist for the imagination, or adumbrates the state to come; the City of Gold itself was usually located deep in Latin America, as numerous Lost World novels continued to attest for a century or more. The first significant fantastic use of California may be ...


Role Playing Game (1990). West End Games (WEG). Designed by Greg Gorden. / Despite a certain crudity of expression, Torg is perhaps the most interesting of the several Science and Sorcery RPGs whose settings combine multiple literary genres, typically sf, fantasy and horror. Rifts (1990 Palladium) designed by Kevin Siembieda is another, more commercially successful, example. In Torg, Earth has been invaded by a multitude of Parallel Worlds, each of which has converted part of the planet ...

Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone Magazine

US letter-size print magazine published by Montcalm Publishing, New York, under licence to Viacom Enterprises and Carolyn Serling, widow of Rod Serling. It was a companion to the men's magazine Gallery. It ran for sixty issues from April 1981 to June 1989; monthly until December 1982, thereafter bi-monthly. It was edited by T E D Klein until August 1985, Michael Blaine October 1985-October 1986, and finally Tappan King. Although the October 1986 issue was filled with material selected by ...

De Abreu, Jorge

(1963-2016) Venezuelan biologist, editor and author of fantasy and science fiction short stories, the first published being "Trina" and "Sólo un juego" ["Only a Game"] in the 1986 debut issue of Cygnus – La Revista de Ciencia Ficción ["Cygnus – The Science Fiction Magazine"], to which he has been a regular contributor. He is best known as president of the Venezuelan Association of Fantasy and Science Fiction and as the founder in 1984 of UBIK Club de Ciencia ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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