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Forgotten Fantasy

US Digest-size magazine. Five issues October 1970 to June 1971, published by Nectar Press, Hollywood, edited by Douglas Menville. Forgotten Fantasy reprinted some ancient fantasy and Proto SF stories, but the long novel serialized in #1-#4, The Goddess of Atvatabar (1892) by William R Bradshaw, set in a Hollow Earth, was probably too dated to be successful even in the nostalgia market. A second serial, Hartmann the Anarchist (June-September 1893 The English Illustrated Magazine; 1893), by E ...

Carr, Caleb

(1955-    ) US scriptwriter and author whose nonfiction, mostly on military matters, culminated in The Lessons of Terror: A History of Warfare Against Civilians; Why It Has Always Failed (2002), which advocates preemptive strikes against nations deemed to support terrorists; his optimistic take on the consequences of such actions makes this a historical document of some interest. He is best known for The Alienist (1994) and its sequel, The Angel of Darkness (1997), both set ...

Garbo, Norman

(1919-    ) US painter and author in whose Near Future novel, The Movement (1969), grimly extrapolates late-1960s-style confrontations between US students and police into the takeover of a vast university campus and retaliatory bombing by the government; the coherence of the student movement is exaggerated, but the computer- and bureaucracy-dominated world they hope to change is verisimilar for the time of writing. [JC]

Masters, Anthony

(1940-2003) UK educator and author, active from about 1964; he was a prolific author of biographies; his eleven novels for adults are nonfantastic. Relatively early in his career, writing as Richard Tate, he published some deliberately exorbitant shockers, of which The Dead Travel Fast (1971) is of interest for its transgressive invasion of Dracula territory via a series of vampirish murders on a film set. Red Ice (1986) with Nicholas Barker is a Technothriller. Much of Masters's output for ...

Sohl, Jerry

Working name of US author and former journalist Gerald Allan Sohl Sr (1913-2002), active from about 1950 in sf and other genres as Sohl and under various pseudonyms, including Nathan Butler and Sean Mei Sullivan. He began publishing sf with The 7th Order (March 1952 Galaxy; 2010 ebook) and soon released The Haploids (1952), the first of several 1950s novels whose slick surface and sharp economy of scale marked him as a professional craftsman. These books include The Transcendent Man (1953), ...

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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