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Vigers, Daphne

(?   -?   ) UK author, apparently active from the early 1940s until circa 1965, who is of modest sf interest for Atlantis Rising (1944), in which Atlantis is seen sinking in the deep past, and rising again in the future, though perhaps symbolically, through the agency of Britain, whose inhabitants (it is revealed) are direct descendants of escaped Atlanteans. [JC]

SFRA Newsletter

US Digest-format magazine, the official newsletter, mostly monthly, of the Science Fiction Research Association; founded 1971, current, 215 issues to January/February 1995, edited by Fred Lerner (1971-1974), Beverly Friend (1974-1978), Roald Tweet (1978-1981), Elizabeth Anne Hull (1981-1984), Richard W Miller (1984-1987), Robert A Collins (1987-1989), Betsy Harfst (1989-1992), Daryl F Mallett (1993-1994) and Amy Sisson (1994-    ). Aside from news of specific interest to ...

New York Review of Science Fiction

US critical magazine, initially published by David G Hartwell's Dragon Press, Pleasantville, New York and from late 2012 by the current owner and publisher Kevin J Maroney; edited (in 1995) by Kathryn Cramer, L W Currey, Samuel R Delany, David G Hartwell, Robert J Killheffer, Gordon Van Gelder and Donald G Keller; current; monthly, beginning with the trial issue (#0) August 1988 and #1 September 1988. It had reached #288 by August 2012, which was the last printed issue; the magazine continues ...

Robinson, Frank M

(1926-2014) US editor and author, who began his career as an office boy with Ziff-Davis in the 1940s, where he first met his long-time colleague William Hamling; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Maze" in Astounding for June 1950 and was for a time fairly prolific. At the end of this early period he released his first (and for decades his only) solo novel, The Power (1956), a tale which effectively combines sf and thriller in the story of the search for a malignant Superman ...

Maguire, Don

(1852-1933) US itinerant trader in the Arizona and elsewhere, and author whose reminiscences of his adventurous life, published long after his death as Gila Monsters and Red-Eyed Rattlesnakes: Don Maguire's Arizona Trading Expeditions, 1876-1879 (1997), may be as imaginative as The American Adventurer (coll 1879), a collection of stories, some of them tall tales. One, "The Story of the Second Traveler", is of sf interest: a shipwrecked sailor is rescued, taken to Lima, Peru, where he hears of a ...

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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