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Rice, Elmer

First the pseudonym, then the legal name of US playwright and author born Elmer Leopold Reizenstein (1892-1967), active from around 1914. Of his plays, the closest to untrammelled sf may be The Adding Machine: A Play in Seven Scenes (performed 1923; 1923): this follows its protagonist, Mr Zero, from Suicide into heaven – which he despises because it is full of indecent creatures like Rabelais and Jonathan ...

Mallett, Daryl F

(1969-    ) US bibliographer whose work, beginning in the early 1990s and often in collaboration with Robert Reginald, has been of growing significance for sf scholarship. Publications include the much-expanded second and third editions of Reginald's Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards: A Comprehensive Guide to the Awards and their Winners (1981; exp 1991; exp 1993) with Reginald, for which Mallett performed the ...

Galaxy's Edge

US professional magazine available in both print and Ebook form, the print edition being letter-size. It is published bi-monthly by Arc Manor, Rockville, Maryland, under Shahid Mahmud and was edited by Mike Resnick from the first issue, March 2013, until his death in January 2020; thereafter it has been edited by Lezli Robyn. / The magazine was unabashedly nostalgic, being a mixture of reprinted gems from the past and adventurous ...

Balderston, John L

(1889-1954) US playwright and screenwriter who wrote, always in collaboration, some dramas of genre interest. Berkeley Square (performed 1926; 1928 chap) with J C Squire is a Timeslip fantasy based on The Sense of the Past (1917) by Henry James; Red Planet (1933 chap) with J E Hoare is a Near Future moral melodrama in which a hoax message from Jesus is received ...

Helders, Major von

Pseudonym of German soldier and author Robert Knauss (1892-1955), who served in both World War One and World War Two, rising to the rank of Lieutenant-General, and whose nonfiction works focused on aviation matters. Of sf interest is Luftkrieg 1936: Die Zertrümmerun von Paris (1932; trans Claud W Sykes as The War in the Air, 1936 1932; German original rev vt Luftkrieg 1938: Die Zertrümmerun von Paris 1934), a ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...



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