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Féval, Paul

(1816-1887) French lawyer, editor and author, active from the late 1830s until around 1880; father of Paul Féval fils. He first came to prominence as an extremely prolific author of tales written according to the demands of the feuilleton: short chapters inserted at frequent regular intervals, usually daily or weekly, into newspapers, a demanding format successfully exploited by French authors like Alexandre Dumas and Eugene Sue (1804-1857), and by Charles Dickens in the UK. An early ...

Magill, Frank N

(1907-1997) US author and editor of reference works published by Salem Press, which Magill himself founded in 1949 and ran until his retirement in 1996. Of particular interest is his nominal editorship of the huge but uneven Survey of Science Fiction Literature [for subtitle see Checklist] (anth 1979 5vols) and Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature (anth 1983 5vols), for the most part edited anonymously by Keith Neilson (whom see for discussion of these works). A successor to the former work is ...

Jeeves, Terry

Working name of UK schoolteacher, long-time Fanzine editor, author and artist Byron Terry Jeeves (1922-2011), whose privately published Bibliographies of Astounding were bylined B T Jeeves and began with A Checklist of Astounding: Part 1 – 1930 to 1939 (1963 chap) [see Checklist below]; these researches were incorporated into The Complete Index to Astounding/Analog (1981) with Mike Ashley. He edited three early issues of Vector (#2-#4, Autumn 1958-Spring 1959) for the British Science ...

Harper, Harry

(1880-1960) UK author with Claude Grahame-White of two sf juveniles: The Air-King's Treasure (1913) and The Invisible War-Plane: A Tale of Air Adventure in the Great Campaign (1915). In the latter an Airship is concealed by paint which (it is claimed) neither absorbs nor reflects light. Much later Harper wrote two solo works of semifictional Futures Studies, Winged World: The Coming of the Air Age (1946), where something like a planetary Pax Aeronautica is anticipated, and Dawn of the Space Age ...

Klaabu kosmoses

Estonian/Russian animated film (1981; vt Klaabu in Space). Tallinnfilm. Directed by Avo Paistik. Written by Avo Paistik and Enn Vetemaa. 15 minutes. Colour. / Klaabu kosmoses is the third part of a trilogy of dialogue-free shorts by Paistik. The first is Klaabu (1978; 10 minutes), where an egg is formed from a drop of water and is brooded by a passing bird: it hatches into Klaabu, a four-limbed egg with a face (and, judging from the eyebrows, female). Hearing the sound of the sea she treks ...

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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