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US professional Online Magazine published by Timothy Cooper, which ran for at least fifteen issues between August 2000 and January 2003, although virtually nothing can now be accessed on the internet. It began as an amateur magazine with a rather bland website and little promise. Cooper was frustrated with the lack of response to the issue and by receiving only two unsolicited submissions. He sought financial backing, which he obtained, and with that was able to promise paying professional ...

Ariel: The Book of Fantasy

Large-letter-size US magazine/anthology (12 x 9 in; about 305 x 230 mm), only the first issue (Autumn 1976) of which is unequivocally designated a magazine, and was made up almost exclusively of original material; the three remaining issues or volumes (1977, April and October 1978) typically presented reprint stories with new illustrations. All four were edited by Thomas Durwood. Ariel was lavishly produced on glossy paper, emphasizing fantastic art and Heroic Fantasy, including episodes of the ...

Marquardt, Michelle

(1971-    ) Australian veterinarian, writer and editor, married to Bill Congreve. Her debut novel won the George Turner Prize for the best unpublished novel in 2000 and was published as Blue Silence (2002). The novel revolves around two earth-orbit Space Habitats, already at loggerheads over lifestyle and resources, on one of which an unknown Spaceship lands. The craft somewhat resembles a long-lost spacecraft that went missing with a small crew many years previously – ...

Black, Pansy E

(1890-1957) US stenographer and short story author, born Pansy Ellen Beach, whose two stories for Hugo Gernsback's Science Fiction Series are located in Australia. The Valley of the Great Ray (1930 chap) is a Lost Race tale set in the desert, while The Man from the Meteor (1932 chap) features invading Aliens who also hole up in the Australian interior. In each case, Rays destroy the hidden civilization. [JC]

Lepucki, Edan

(?   -    ) US journalist and author whose first work of fiction, If You're Not Yet Like Me (2010 chap), is a novella whose narrator addresses her thoughts and memories to her unborn child. Her first full-length novel, California (2014), is sf, set in a moderately distant Near Future California transformed by economic scarcity, the dissolution of effective government, and general Climate Change into a Dystopian territory dominated by "Communities" (Orwellian ...

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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