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Futures Past

US historical Semiprozine edited by Jim Emerson, published by Jim Mladenovic from Convoy, Ohio, letter-size format, saddle-stapled. Three issues in 1992 and a fourth in 1994. / This ambitious venture, a contribution to the History of SF subtitled "A Visual Guidebook To Science Fiction History", was sadly soon aborted in its initial form. Each issue, as intended, covered the history of one year in sf, beginning with the year 1926 (taking the launch of Amazing Stories as marking the beginning ...

Miller, Eugenia

(1916-2012) US journalist and author of Young Adult novels; the young protagonist of The Sign of the Salamander (1967) enters a portal in France and Timeslips to sixteenth-century France, where he meets Leonardo da Vinci. [JC]

Athey, Henry

(?   -?   ) US author of an sf novel, With Gyves of Gold: A Novel (1898) with A Herbert Bowers, both writers remaining untraced, though both may have been based in Missouri. A young man, experimented upon by a modestly Mad Scientist, develops the paranormal ability to travel by astral means to another planet, where he observes the operation of a Utopia in which small firms are protected by multi-national corporations (or trusts). The trip kills him. [JC]

Berry, Jedediah

(1977-    ) US editor and author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Inheritance" in The Fairy Tale Review for 2007, and although his work is not generally thought of as sf, his first novel, The Manual of Detection (2009), imparts very considerable Equipoisal energy to the story of Charles Unwin, a detective whose investigations into his predecessor's apparent triumphs gradually unpack a deeply insecure world. Beleaguered by colleagues in the detective agency ...

Siegel, Richard

(1955-2018) US illustrator, Comics artist, filmmaker and author whose one sf novel is Alien Plague (1979) as by Stephard Noir, in which a medical Disaster is sourced to the Outer Planets. Under his own name, he is best known for an sf Satire framed as a photo-documentary, The Extraterrestrial Report: The First Fully Documented Account Exposing the Awful Danger from Beyond (graph 1978) with John H Butterfield, which spoofs various Paranoias, including UFO "sightings". The nonfiction Alien ...

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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