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Joshi, S T

(1958-    ) Writer, critic, publisher and editor best known for his bibliographic and critical work on H P Lovecraft. Born in India, S T Joshi emigrated with his family to Illinois in 1963. After graduating from Brown University in 1980 and obtaining an MA degree there in 1982, Joshi left two years into his PhD under a Paul Elmer More fellowship in classical philosophy and in 1984 obtained an editorial position at Chelsea House Publishers, where he worked closely with Harold ...

Brown, Robin

(1937-    ) UK author of a Near Future political tale, A Forest Is a Long Time Growing (1967), which is set in Africa, and of Megalodon (1981; vt Shark! 1983), in which a prehistoric shark, 200 feet long, is finally killed after much turmoil. [JC]


US Digest-size reprint magazine, subtitled "Classics in Science Fiction" on #1, thereafter "Marvels in Science Fiction". Four issues November 1977 to August 1978, published by Humorama Inc, New York, one of the imprints managed by Abraham Goodman primarily for pin-up magazines; edited by Jeff Stevens (uncredited). Skyworlds reprinted mostly from Marvel Science Stories of 1950-1952, material badly dated by the 1970s and undistinguished when it had first appeared. Production was terrible. ...

Tucker, Wilson

(1914-2006) US author, orphaned, brought up in Bloomington and Normal, Illinois, where he set some of his fiction, some early stories being signed Bob Tucker. For several decades he worked as a film projectionist, retiring in 1972, and he always spoke of his writing – more than twenty books, half of them sf, half of them mysteries – as an avocation. Tucker began his involvement with sf about 1932, and during the 1930s was exceedingly active as a fan and Fanzine publisher, starting ...

Serafini, Luigi

(1949-    ) Italian architect, artist, designer and author who has consistently focused his work, in whatever medium, on imaginary constructs, whether organic entities, buildings, furniture, artworks and Illustrations, or books-as-objects. Of sf interest is the extraordinary Codex Seraphinianus (1981 2vols; more than one varying edition; most significant rev 2013), a heavily illustrated pseudo-encyclopedia of an apparent Alternate World. The Codex is divided into eleven ...

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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