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Beck, Clyde F

(1912-1986) US fan and critic who wrote the first work of criticism devoted to American sf: Hammer and Tongs (coll 1937 chap). This is assembled from four essays and reviews contributed to The Science Fiction Critic – an early Fanzine edited by Beck's brother Claire P Beck – with a newly written author's preface. Beck also contributed occasionally to other sf/fantasy magazines such as the Fantasy Advertiser and the Science Fiction Advertiser between 1950 and 1951, and in 1950 he ...

Edwards, Janet

(1958-    ) UK author whose Young Adult Jarra sequence, comprising to date Earth Girl (2012), Earth Star (2013) and Earth Flight (2014), begins in the twenty-eighth-century ruins of New York, where the young orphan protagonist – stigmatized as a "Neanderthal" (see Apes as Human) amongst her Genetically Engineered fellow students, because her immune system cannot tolerate her leaving Earth – must search out her destiny, aided by her ability to study (by "vid") ...

Sinclair, Andrew

(1935-2019) UK author of much fiction and nonfiction who was also a screenwriter and movie director. The Project (1960) comes as close to nuclear Holocaust as possible – a doomsday Weapon is just about to go off as the final page ends – without actually meeting the End of the World head-on. / His major contribution to Fantastika is the Albion Triptych – Gog (1967), Magog (1972) and King Ludd (1988) – a Fabulation about the Matter of Britain [see The Encyclopedia of ...

Vaughn, Carrie

(1973-    ) US author who began to publish work of genre interest with "The Girl with the Pre-Raphaelite Hair" in Talebones for Fall 1999; it was assembled in Amaryllis and Other Stories (coll 2016). This collection, plus her first, Straying from the Path (coll 2011), both contain material ranging widely through the remit of contemporary Fantastika, the second including stories like The Best We Can (first appeared July 2013; 2013 ebook), about a thwarted First ...

Fantast, The

UK fanzine initially published from Eastleigh, Hampshire, by C S Youd (John Christopher) and from issue #10 (April 1941) by Douglas Webster from Aberdeen, Scotland, with John F Burke (Jonathan Burke) as co-editor for #9 (March 1941) and #10. UK quarto (10 x 8 in), duplicated. Fourteen issues from April 1939 to July 1942; monthly until #7 (October 1939), after which the schedule became irregular. / Typically for its time, The Fantast aspired to literary merit as well as fan Humour, and ...

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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