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Science Fiction Monthly

1. Name used by Authentic Science Fiction in an early manifestation, May-August 1951. / 2. As Science-Fiction Monthly, Australian Digest-size magazine, published by Atlas Publications, Melbourne; edited anonymously by Michael Cannon. 18 numbered undated issues, August 1955-February 1957. / The fiction, mostly reprinted from various US magazines, was fairly routine, but included some good work by Ray Bradbury and others. The covers were reprinted from the same sources. There was minimal ...

Nagamatsu, Sequoia

(1982-    ) US academic, editor and author who began publishing work of interest with "Kenta's Posthumous Chrysanthemum" in New Delta Review for 2010, which appeared in his first collection, Where We Go When All We Were Is Gone (coll 2016). He is of sf interest for his first novel, How High We Go in the Dark (2022), in which a deadly Pandemic is caused when a virus escapes from the remains of a newly exhumed prehistoric human, and begins topologically to distort internal ...

Barr, Robert

(1849-1912) Scottish-born editor and author, in Canada 1854-1876, then in the US (working as a journalist) till 1881, afterwards mostly in England; some of his lighter fiction appeared as by Luke Sharp. He co-founded The Idler with William Dunkerley (better known as John Oxenham), co-editing it with Jerome K Jerome from February 1892 to July 1895, editing it solo August 1895 to November 1898; for further details see the magazine entry. In his early Disaster tale, "The Doom of London" (November ...

Wheeler-Nicholson, Malcolm

(1890-1968) US magazine entrepreneur, prolific producer of pulp fiction important in the history of Comics as the founder of the firm which became DC Comics; and author. Death Over London (1940) is uninteresting sf featuring Nazi spies destroying American installations in London with sympathetic vibrations. [RB]

Berkeley, Reginald

(1890-1935) UK soldier, politician – Liberal Member of Parliament 1922-1924 – playwright and author in various genres. Apparently inadvertently, he created one of the lasting myths of World War One in his novel about the German execution of Edith Cavell, Dawn: A Biographical Novel of Edith Cavell (1928), in which a German soldier named Rammler refuses to participate in the firing squad, and is himself executed. Berkeley's belief in Rammler's existence was speculative. Of his fiction ...

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. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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