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Willett, Edward

(1959-    ) US-born actor, journalist and author, in Canada from the age of eight; he has also written as by Lee Arthur Chane and E C Blake, and under the House Name Adam Blade. He began to publish work of genre interest with "The Rescue" in JAM for 1983, and began to release primarily Young Adult novels, several of them fantasy, with Soulworm (1997), an sf tale set partly in a Parallel World, where the eponymous Monsters corrupt the minds of victims, and in Saskatchewan, ...

Hirschman, Edward

(1950-    ) Author, presumably US and perhaps pseudonymous, whose Tarzan at Mars' Core (1977) is a weak pastiche of Edgar Rice Burroughs in which a UFO transports Tarzan to what appears to be a Far Future version of Burroughs's Pellucidar set within Mars. This Hollow Earth venue is now dying and desertified owing to exploitation by its intelligent inhabitants and the fact that the internal sun is itself fading (see Dying Earth). Tarzan remains trapped within Mars at the ...

MacPherson, Donald

Pseudonym of UK psychologist George Humphrey (1889-1966) – who held various academic posts in Canada and the USA 1916-1947 and later became professor of psychology at Oxford – for two sf novels influenced by Freudian Psychology. Go Home, Unicorn (1935) is a Scientific Romance set in Montreal, in which the life of a research Scientist – loved by two women, one jealous – is much confused by projections, into the world of matter, of their (and other people's) mental ...

Fantasy Book

1. US Semiprozine issued initially in letter-size for two issues and then various Digest-size formats. Eight undated issues published between July 1947 and January 1951; irregular. Published by Fantasy Publishing Company Inc; edited by Garret Ford (pseudonym of William L Crawford). Fantasy Book was generally an undistinguished and erratic magazine. Some issues appeared in three different editions with different covers. Fantasy Book is best remembered for publishing "The People of the Crater" ...

Martine, Arkady

Pseudonym of US academic and author AnnaLinden Weller (1985-    ) whose doctoral dissertation, "Imagining Pre-Modern Empire: The Letters of Byzantine Imperial Agents Outside the Metropole" (successfully submitted and available 2014), clearly informs her fiction, as does Armenian-Byzantine Frontier: The Cultural Politics of Empire in the Medieval World (2018). She began publishing work of genre interest with "Lace Downstairs" in Abyss and Apex for the 4th Quarter of 2012. / ...

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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