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Bangsund, John

(1939-2020) Australian fan and professional editor who from 1966 to 1973 edited the important critical journal Australian SF Review (which see); this won a Ditmar Award as best Fanzine or amateur publication in 1969 and was renamed Scythrop in December 1969. Bangsund also edited John W Campbell: An Australian Tribute (anth dated 1972 but 1974), with essays on John W Campbell Jr by A Bertram Chandler, George Turner, Jack Williamson, Jack Wodhams and others, and a bibliography compiled by ...

Cossins, George

(circa 1866-?   ) Author – probably Australian but perhaps from New Zealand where he died – of Isban-Israel: A South African Story (1896), a tale in the mode of H Rider Haggard set in North Australia, with false hints of the discovery of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel; it was filmed as Isban-Israel (1920). [JC]

Munro, John

(1849-1930) UK engineer, professor of mechanical engineering at Bristol, and author of three tales of sf interest, "Sun-Rise in the Moon" (October 1894 Cassell's Magazine), "A Message from Mars" (March 1895 Cassell's Family Magazine) and A Trip to Venus (1897, incorporating "A Message from Mars" above as chapter one). The novel is an unexceptional account of a journey by Spaceship – powered by a new Antigravity-sustaining Power Source – to an idyllic Utopia on Venus, with a brief ...

Pallander, Edwin

Pseudonym of UK biologist, botanist and author Lancelot Francis Sanderson Bayly (1869-1952), who collaborated with Ellsworth Douglass on one story, "The Wheels of Dr Gynochio Gyves" (September 1899 Cassell's), the protagonist's last Invention being a Spaceship capable of reaching the Moon. Across the Zodiac: A Story of Adventure (1896) is an interplanetary romance based clearly on Jules Verne's Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers: Tour du monde sous-marin (1871 2vols; many trans as Twenty Thousand ...

Coatsworth, J Scott

(?   -    ) US author much of whose output has been concentrated on various subseries in his Liminal Sky sequence of Space Operas, whose gay protagonists engagingly explore themselves, the worlds they encounter, and find romance (see Sex). The first of these, the Ariadne Cycle beginning with The Stark Divide (2017), focuses on three Generation Starships built to save Homo sapiens. The Oberon Cycle series beginning with Skythane (2017) is set around 3000 CE on ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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