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UK Print Magazine and Semiprozine published in review-size by PS Publishing, Yorkshire, and edited by Peter Crowther assisted by Nick Gevers, with Gevers becoming the primary editor from issue #11 (Summer 2007). Since issue #18 (Spring 2009) it has treated itself as an Anthology series, rather than a magazine, though it has retained the numbering sequence. Originally published quarterly, the magazine switched to double numbers from #20/21 (December 2009), and these have since appeared annually ...

M F Enterprises

US publishing company based in New York City, founded and sometimes edited by the notorious Myron Fass, who had issued cheaply-produced magazines under various names and imprints in numerous genres since the 1950s. Launched in 1966, M F Enterprises produced a short-lived line of colour Comics including titles in the western and teenage humour genres. It is best remembered for an additional version of Captain Marvel, created by Carl Burgos (1916-1984) and unrelated to either the Fawcett ...

Williams, T Owen

(?   -    ) UK author of whom nothing is known beyond his contribution to the Robert Hale Limited sf list of A Month for Mankind (1970) – a novel in which UFOs prove to be crewed by Aliens from planet Boran who plan to take over the Earth via the usual Invasion. [JC/DRL]

Roman, Steven A

(?   -    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Ballad of Fancy Dan" (in Untold Tales of Spider-Man, anth 1997, ed Kurt Busiek and Stan Lee) with Ken Grobe. Further similar work includes X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy, a Tie to the Marvel Comics universe, beginning with X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy: Book 1: Doctor Doom (2000); and a contribution to the Final Destination series, Dead Man's Hand (2005). [JC]

Sernine, Daniel

Pseudonym of Canadian author Alain Lortie (1955-    ), a central force in Canadian sf, who began publishing in 1975 with the dark fantasies "Jalbert" and "La Bouteille" ["The Bottle"] for Requiem 5, later serving (from 1983) on the editorial collective of that magazine, now renamed Solaris (see Canada). His early work was collected in Les Contes de l'ombre ["Tales from the Shadow"] (coll 1979). His novels, marketed for Young Adult readers, are split into two main series: the ...

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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