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Kehuan Shijie

[Literally "SF World", although the publisher's preferred translation is "Science Fiction World"] The journal of record of the modern sf community in China, Kehuan Shijie was founded in 1979 in Chengdu, Sichuan, as the State-supported Kexue Wenyi ["Science Literature and Art"], one of several magazines that sprang up amid a post-Mao renewal of interest in science popularization. However, with a sudden reversal in the Party line on sf, and claims that the genre was "poisonous" in the wake of ...

Tibbets, Anne

(?   -    ) US author whose Young Adult The Line sequence, beginning with Carrier (2014 ebook), is set in a Dystopian Near Future American where female teenagers are housed in coercive Keeps where they serve as Sex slaves. With a young man she has come to love, they attempt to escape into the wilderness. The Extinction Biome sequence – comprising Invasion (2016) with Malcolm Cross, both writing as by Addison Gunn, and Dispersal (2017) as by Addison Gunn ...

Turner, Ron

(1922-1998) UK illustrator and Comics artist who took early inspiration from the gaudy sf covers of Amazing Stories and Astounding Science-Fiction. He was illustrating for the Boys' Paper Modern Wonder as early as 1940, and went on to produce many covers for 1950-1954 sf titles by John Russell Fearn writing as Vargo Statten, Volsted Gridban and other pseudonyms. These show Turner's fondness for bright colours, boldly unsubtle designs and massive hardware. In the 1960s his comics work included ...

Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy

Founded in 1970 by Toronto Public Library in Canada, to house a major donation by sf author and anthologist Judith Merril and substantially added to since, mostly during the long successful tenure from 1986 to 2017 of Lorna Toolis as its head; known as the Spaced Out Library until 1 January 1991, and housed from September 1995 in a Special Collections building at 239 College Street in central Toronto, which also holds the Osborne Collection of children's literature. With nearly 100,000 ...

Unearth

US magazine in Digest format, eight issues, Winter 1977 to Winter 1979, published from Boston by Unearth Publications, edited by Jonathan Ostrowsky-Lantz and John M Landsberg. Subtitled "The Magazine of Science Fiction Discoveries", the cleverly titled Unearth had the avowed intention that all fiction should be by previously unpublished authors or by authors previously published only in Unearth, or be reprints of first-sf-story sales by well known authors; these constraints were slightly ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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