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Future Life

Letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on a mixture of newsprint and glossy paper. Published by Future Magazine Incorporated, a subsidiary of O'Quinn Studios. Editors included Bob Woods and Herman Zimmerman. 31 issues April 1978 to December 1981. Publication schedule was generally monthly with some gaps after #16. / An attempt to establish a more science-fact oriented companion to Starlog, this magazine was ...

Cave, Peter

(1940-    ) UK author who has only occasionally published work in the fantastic, the first known examples being "Cry Martian" in Impulse (see Science Fantasy) for May 1966 as Peter L Cave and "Scoop!" in Tit-Bits for 16 September 1967. From 1971 he wrote various Sex novels [not listed below] as by Petra Christian, both solo and in collaboration with Christopher ...

Bonfils, Robert

(1922-2018) US artist who trained at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. Following army service in World War Two he became active as a commercial illustrator from the mid-1950s. The vigorous, pulpish paintings of this early period appeared on many US paperbacks including Sex novels from Merit Books, which led to his becoming art director and anonymous cover creator for Earl ...

Hugo Anthologies

Most of the Hugo award-winning short fiction up to the 1994 awards has been collected in a series of Hugo Winners Anthologies initially edited by Isaac Asimov, beginning with The Hugo Winners (anth 1962). A notable though understandable omission is Brian Aldiss's book-length Hothouse story sequence (February-December 1961 ...

Polidori, John

(1795-1821) UK medical doctor who became the personal physician of Lord Byron (see Icons) in 1816; as an author his work is of more interest to the fantastic in general [for fuller entry on Polidori see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below] than for its relevance to anything like sf. He is relevant initially for his participation – along with Bryon, Mary ...

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. He began to publish work of genre interest with an sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" in Triquarterly for Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959]; he began consistently publishing sf reviews in his "New Fiction" column for the Toronto Star (1966-1967), and later in ...

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