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Haldeman, Jack C, II

(1941-2002) US author who began publishing sf with "Garden of Eden" for Fantastic in December 1971. His fifty or so stories tend to avoid the more serious Space-Opera themes, sticking generally to Games-and-Sports tales about Robot football players, precognitive Stars, and the like. His first novel, Vector Analysis (short version May 1977 Analog; 1978), sets problems in a Space Station devoted to medical research, and sees them solved. His second, Perry's Planet (1980), is a Star Trek tie, and ...

Currey, L W

(1942-    ) US specialist bookseller (since 1968) and bibliographer. With David G Hartwell he published SF-I: A Selective Bibliography (1971 chap), writing together as Kilgore Trout; with Hartwell founded (in 1973) and operated Dragon Press, a Small Press publishing books about sf, fantasy and horror; the partnership was dissolved in 1979, leaving Hartwell sole owner. Also with Hartwell, he co-edited the Gregg Press Science Fiction Reprint series 1975-1981; alone he edited ...


The lunar voyage has a long literary history, having developed from a standard framework for social Satire to become one of the archetypal projects of speculative fiction. Major works in the former tradition include two second-century tales by Lucian of Samosata, Francis Godwin's The Man in the Moone (1638), the first part of Cyrano de Bergerac's L'autre monde (1657), Daniel Defoe's The Consolidator (1705), Samuel Brunt's A Voyage to Cacklogallinia (1727), Murtagh McDermot's A Trip to the Moon ...


US heavily illustrated popular-science Slick magazine which included fiction; letter-size format, published by Omni Publications International, New York, October 1978 to Winter 1995, 200 issues, monthly (though February/March 1993 issue combined) to April 1995 and quarterly for two final issues, Fall and Winter 2005. Editors: Frank Kendig, October 1978 to December 1979, Ben Bova, January 1980 to September 1981, Dick Teresi, October 1981 to June 1984, Gurney Williams III, July 1984 to May 1986, ...

Famous Films

Letter-size perfect-bound Cinema magazine printed on cheap newsprint. Publisher: Warren Publishing. Editor: Russ Jones. Three issues, all in 1964. / Famous Films was apparently the first US Media Magazine to adapt Horror and sf films in photonovel or fumetti form, a practice which was to become very common for some years from the mid-1970s. The adapted stories used numerous black-and-white photographs with attached dialogue captions in the style of Comics speech balloons. Early choices were ...

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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