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New Writings in SF

Original-Anthology series begun in 1964 by John Carnell after he relinquished the editorship of New Worlds and Science Fantasy, though planned several months before he announced his departure, when Carnell believed the day of the fiction magazine was over in Britain and the future was in the paperback book. The UK paperback editions (all published by Corgi) sometimes preceded hardcover publication, and in the case of #30, the last in the series, there was no hardcover. The hardcover editions ...

Slater, Jim

(1929-2015) UK financier and occasional author in whose Young Adult sf novel, The Boy Who Saved Earth (1979), a young Alien visitor uses his Telepathic powers and superior intellect to stave off an Invasion of Earth by bad aliens. [JC]

Colville, W J

(1857-1917) UK author, almost exclusively on occult topics; of sf interest is Dashed Against the Rock: A Romance of the Coming Age (1894) which includes, in the midst of otherwise indigestible speculations, a vision of an inhabited Mars. [JC]

Phillips, Michael J

(1879-1926) US soldier and author, active contributor of fiction to magazines from 1903 to around 1926; in his Future War tale, In Our Country's Service (1909), the war of 1938 between an augmented America – Canada having been "annexed" in 1928 – and a powerful Japan (see Yellow Peril) ends in the latter's swift defeat, due to the protagonist's feats of espionage. In "The Unborn Element" (23 June 1926 Adventure), a death Ray helps turn the tables in another war. [JC]

Arno Press

US publisher specializing in facsimile reprint series. In 1975 Arno published a series of 62 sf titles (49 fiction and 13 nonfiction) edited by Robert Reginald and Douglas Menville. The fiction titles date mostly from the period 1885-1925; the nonfiction includes useful reprints of various bibliographic and critical works (including SF Horizons) originally published in very small editions. In 1976 Arno produced a companion series of 63 supernatural and occult volumes, also edited by Reginald ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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