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Graham, P Anderson

(1856-1925) UK editor and author, active from before 1890, mostly on rural themes, his earlier work including The Rural Exodus: The Problem of the Village and the Town (1892) and The Victorian Era (1897). Graham's infrequent fiction, including The Red Scaur: A Novel of Manners (1897), is nonfantastic, with the exception of his last major work, The Collapse of Homo Sapiens (1923), a Ruined Earth Scientific Romance reflecting the apocalypse-obsessed aftermath of World War One. Its "editor" ...

Out of This World Adventures

1. US Pulp magazine. Two issues, July 1950 and December 1950, published by Avon Periodicals; edited by Donald A Wollheim. The first issue included an impressive line-up of authors: A Bertram Chandler, Ray Cummings, Lester del Rey, Kris Neville, Mack Reynolds and A E van Vogt. The stories, however, were not the authors' best, and if any story stands out as memorable, if unpronounceable, it is "The Puzzle of Priipiirii" (July 1950) by William Tenn, where humans struggle to solve the mystery of a ...

Laporta, Mark

(?   -    ) US author whose first works were for Young Adult readers, beginning with the Changing Hearts of Ixdahan Daherek sequence, whose eponymous protagonist in the first volume Heart of Earth (2015) finds himself exiled from his home planet – for acts of arrogance and stupidity – and forced to live on Earth as a teenager. Fortunately, he fends of an Invasion by an unfriendly Alien horde, and as the series progresses engages in further ...

Delap's F & SF Review

US critical Magazine (1975-1978) edited by Richard Delap and published in California by Frederick Patten. 30 issues. Begun in April 1975, Delap's F & SF Review was a monthly magazine devoted to reviews of new (or newly reprinted) American fantasy and sf books; it also contained a full listing of each month's US publications. It was one of a number of such magazines to appear, aimed primarily at libraries, but was unquestionably the most successful. The reviewers included (then) fan critics ...

Spicer, Arwen

(1975-    ) US academic and author, whose nonfiction work has focused on authors like William Morris and H G Wells, with an emphasis on their approach to what eventually would be known as Ecology. Her sf novel Perdita (2001) explores similar issues in a tale set on the artificially isolated eponymous planet, where pro- and anti-Technology families vie for dominance as the Invention of Matter Transmission device opens doors to the galaxy. In her second novel, The Hour Before ...

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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