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Daniels, Keith Allen

(1956-2001) US poet, author and Small Press publisher whose first poem, "Denouement", appeared in Logos in 1974, and who published frequently and variously until his premature death, much of this work appearing in Anamnesis Press, which he founded in 1990, and thorough which he also published work by James Blish, Arthur C Clarke, Lord Dunsany and Joe Haldeman [see Checklist below]. His poetry – assembled in volumes like What Rough Book: Dark Poems and Light (coll 1992 chap; vt Dyscrasias: ...

Full Moon SF

UK cumulative Online Magazine created by Roger Jones, brother of Trevor Jones, the late editor of Dream Magazine. It began in July 1999 as Full Moon 2000 and reprinted a number of stories that had appeared in Dream and New Moon along with other material left over when the earlier magazines ceased. From January 2001 the title became Full Moon SF and it continued until September 2003, having uploaded 281 stories in 37 batches. Only 37 authors were represented including the work of George P ...

Wharton, Ken

(?   -    ) US physics professor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Callisto Incident" in The Leading Edge #39 for March 2000. His sf novel is Divine Intervention (2001), set on a human colony world (see Colonization of Other Worlds) which during more than a century of isolation from Earth has adopted an eccentric Religion called Symmology, founded by the less than sane captain of the colonizing Spaceship with himself as Prophet. ...

Rossmann, John F

(1942-    ) US author of the Mind Masters sequence, beginning with The Mind Masters (1974), in which a Vietnam vet, whose ESP powers have been activated by trauma, joins a secret organization whose goal is to prevent the powers-that-be from subverting research into paranormal phenomena; as the series progresses, Equipoisal shifts between sf and supernatural horror weaken its occasional strengths. The last two volumes were as by Ian Ross. [JC]

Payne, A R Middletoun

(?   -?   ) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Geral-Milco; Or, the Narrative of a Residence in a Brazilian Valley of the Sierra-Paricis (1852; vt Rambles in Brazil; Or, A Peep at the Aztecs, by One Who Has Seen Them 1854), told as a travelogue whose narrator discovers, in the Matto Grosso of Brazil, a mixed civilization of Aztecs (who had fled south after the Spanish destruction of their empire) and Incans; they have created a Utopia featuring applied Economics ...

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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