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Quanta

US digital magazine produced by Daniel Appelquist, originally while he was at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, but which he continued to maintain over the next six years. It was the first digital sf magazine, with 22 issues from October 1989 to July 1995, initially as an E-Zine distributed to 127 subscribers, eventually becoming an Online Magazine via Compuserve in March 1992 and then as a Webzine at its own website in August 1994. Appelquist was helped from the start by Jason Snell, who ...

Walsh, M O

(?   -    ) US author whose first book, The Prospect of Magic (coll of linked stories 2010), presents a sequence of life stories, some of them Tall Tales [see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], that unpack the lives of a crew of colourful carnies who have decided to remain in Fluker, Louisiana, after The World Famous Ploofop Travelling Carnival, which had housed and employed them (see Keep), is stuck there when its owner dies. The frame, and ...

Merwin, Sam, Jr

(1910-1996) US author, whose name has been given, in error, as W Samuel Merwin or W S Merwin, son of the writer W Samuel Merwin (1874-1936); neither Merwin should be confused with W S Merwin (William Stanley Merwin, 1927-    ), the US Poet Laureate for 2011 whose The Folding Cliffs: A Narrative (1998), a novel in verse, treats Hawaiian history in mythopoeic terms. Sam Merwin Jr's first sf story was "The Scourge Below" for Thrilling Wonder Stories in October 1939. He later ...

Tea, Travis

1. An alternate Pseudonym of the unidentified sf author who wrote as Dustin Lasser. / 2. This joke "travesty" byline was independently used by a team of over thirty sf/fantasy authors and editors – including Michael Armstrong, Pierce Askegren, Adam-Troy Castro, Brenda Clough, Sheila Finch, C C Finlay, Peter J Heck, Robin Hobb, James D Macdonald, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Kevin O'Donnell Jr, Alan Rodgers, Chuck Rothman, Sherwood Smith and Allen Steele – for a Round-Robin novel ...

Velasquez, Pedro

Pseudonym of the unidentified author – possibly a carnival showman named Walter J Morris (?   -?   ) – of a short hoax Lost Race tale, Memoir of an Eventful Expedition in Central America: Resulting in the Discovery of the Idolatrous City of Iximaya [for full title see Checklist below] (1850 chap), describing an expedition to the state of Chiapas, Mexico, where a vast City is found, inhabited by descendants the Assyrian empire. The intruders abscond with ...

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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