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Wallace, King

(?   -?   ) US author whose sf novel, The Next War: A Prediction (1892), not untypically for its time and place of origin, plays on white racial fears of Black uprisings in the Near Future (see Race in SF). In this case, after failing to Poison all American whites, the Blacks lose the ensuing rebellion and disperse into the hinterlands, where they become extinct. As the name King Wallace, without additional given names, seems normally to have been a Black name, ...

Dixon, Charles

UK author, problematically identified as Charles Dixon (1858-1926), an ornithologist of some renown. The sf novel written by him, or by some other Charles Dixon or by an author using this common name as a pseudonym, is Fifteen Hundred Miles an Hour (1895), a boys' tale featuring the interplanetary exploits of some young protagonists who travel to Mars – inhabited by giant Martians – via an electric Spaceship. [JC]

Chester, George Randolph

(1870-1924) US screenwriter and author, married to Lillian Chester, his close collaborator from the time of their marriage in 1911; the sexist conventions of the time treated him as the senior partner, but his references to her seem to contradict this. His (or their) The Jingo (1912) satirizes simultaneously the lost-race (see Lost Worlds) story and US know-how in a tale about a salesman selling his modern products to an obscure Antarctic civilization. The Ball of Fire (1914) with Lillian ...

Forever Magazine

US sf and fantasy monthly Online Magazine, published in Ebook form and edited by Neil Clarke as a companion to Clarkesworld. It began in February 2015 and usually features a novella each issue supported by two short stories and, for the first fifteen issues, by an interview with the author of the novella. Stories are selected from a variety of print and online sources, usually from within the last few years and seldom older than twenty years. It provides readers with a useful background in high ...

Avon Fantasy Reader

US Digest-size magazine published by Avon Books, edited by Donald A Wollheim, who considered it an anthology series [see his entry, therefore, for list of titles] although it resembled a magazine, as did a number of Avon's other publications at the time when the Pulps, pocketbooks and digests were all vying for position on the newsstands. Magazine bibliographers consider it a magazine; book bibliographers think of it as a series of books. The Avon Fantasy Reader sequence was primarily devoted ...

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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