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Cruso, Solomon

(1887-1977) US realtor, financier and author; at the end of the 1920s he seems to have been involved in a Ponzi scheme which soon collapsed. He wrote three sf novels told in terms of a Future History perspective some centuries hence, but all disfigured to modern taste through the intense racism of the narrative. In The Last of the Japs and the Jews (1933), a moderately Near Future world war climaxes in 1987 ...

Bowen, John

(1924-2019) Indian-born playwright and author, in UK from childhood, active in television and radio; he was notable for his habit of adapting works from one medium to the other. His first novel, The Truth Will Not Help Us: Embroidery on an Historical Theme (1956), is a fantasy in which an eighteenth-century piracy trial is depicted as a twentieth-century event, with much anachronistic verisimilitude; the attack on McCarthyism is explicit. His first work of sf interest was "Living? ...

Sutherland, James [2]

(1948-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "At the Second Solstice" in Clarion II (anth 1972) edited by Robin Scott Wilson; in his Near Future sf novel, Stormtrack (1974), astronauts manning a weather satellite must deal with the Disaster of a storm of unprecedented ferocity. [JC]

SF Magazines

Sf stories were a popular and prominent feature of such general-fiction Pulp magazines as The Argosy and The All-Story during the first quarter of the twentieth century. They were not, however, known as sf: if there were any need to differentiate them, the terms Scientific Romance or "different stories" might be used, but until the appearance of a ...

Nova – Fantastiske Fortellinger

Norwegian sf, fantasy and horror Magazine published 1971-1979 by the Stowa Forlag four to five times a year, with a total of 34 issues. Founded 1971 by the publisher and editor Terje Wanberg (1939-2006) it started as a translated editon of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction but became independent after the first two issues (September and October 1971); changing its name to ...

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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