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Mitchell, Clyde

A Ziff-Davis House Name, 1956-1957, used twice by Robert Silverberg and Randall Garrett in collaboration, twice by Henry Slesar (confirmed by Slesar himself), and once by Harlan Ellison on "The Wife Factory" (November 1957 Fantastic). [PN/MA]

Wellman, Bert J

(?   -?   ) US author of The Legal Revolution of 1902: By a Law-Abiding Revolutionist (1898), which describes, as its title argues, a slow Near Future revolution in America, climaxing around 1920 in the election of a president who represents the best hope for Utopia, and a solution to an issue which has continued to bedevil America in the early twenty-first century: capital-driven destruction of traditional industries and communities. [JC]

Gosse, Edmund

(1849-1928) UK scholar and critic, best known for his initially anonymous autobiography, Father and Son (1907); exceedingly prolific as a reviewer and belletrist for many years. Of sf interest is his novel, The Secret of Narcisse: A Romance (1892), set in the sixteenth century in the French town of Bar-le-Duc, where the protagonist, a sculptor, manufactures (see Inventions) a Robot which much resembles a skeleton, and which causes him to be denounced (and condemned) for practising Black Magic. ...

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 ...

Schmitz, James H

(1911-1981) German-born author whose parents were American; in the US from 1938, serving with the USAF in World War Two; his first story was "Greenface" for Unknown in August 1943. From 1949, when "Agent of Vega" (July 1949 Astounding) appeared as the first of four stories featuring sentient Robot Spaceships and "Galactic Zones" troubleshooters with Psi Powers, later assembled as Agent of Vega (coll of linked stories 1960) – they are also included in Agent of Vega and Other Stories (coll ...

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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