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Carson, John F

(1920-1981) US teacher and author of a Young Adult sf novel, The Boys Who Vanished (1959), the young protagonists of which sneak into a secret laboratory and, fooling around, become the boys of the title. All turns out well. [JC]


This is the usual name given to an imagined planet within the orbit of Mercury, first proposed in 1859 by Urbain De Vernier to explain irregularities in Mercury's orbit (now understood to be an effect of Einstein's Theory of Relativity). Such a planet is observed in Donald W Horner's fanciful By Aeroplane to the Sun: Being the Adventures of a Daring Aviator and His Friends (1910), and it became the setting of several science fiction stories, including R F Starzl's "The Terrors of Aryl" (March ...


Tabloid-size Media Magazine. Publisher: James Steranko as Supergraphics Publications. Editor: Steranko. 41 issues, 1972 to 1979. / While not an sf or fantasy Media Magazine per se, this title from Comics artist and author Steranko included a good deal of material on these genres. Starting life as Comixscene, it became Mediascene with issue #7, retaining the name "Comixscene" as the title of a detailed comics section. Subjects covered besides new film and paperback releases were Edgar Rice ...

Judson, Theodore

(1951-    ) US history teacher and author whose first novel, Tom Wedderburn's Life (2002), contains no fantastic element. His second novel, Fitzpatrick's War (2004), is constructed as the memoir of an older person intimate with the corridors of power, in this case an ostensibly democratic government ruled by a self-aggrandizing mass-murderer. The setting is a Ruined Earth America where any relics of high Technology are controlled by a secret elite; the world depicted is ...

Wheatley, Dennis

(1897-1977) UK author who served in both World War One and World War Two, in the latter conflict with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 1941-1944. He was a prolific and extremely popular author of many espionage thrillers and historical romances, although the best of his work – and since his death the only category of his large oeuvre to be read at all widely – consists of a number of black-magic tales in which contemporary political knots are unravelled through occult means. ...

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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