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SF Horizons

UK critical journal edited by Brian Aldiss and Harry Harrison, with Tom Boardman acting as business manager. Digest-sized; two 64pp issues only, Spring 1964 and Winter 1965. An early attempt to establish a serious critical sf journal – and as such a precursor of Foundation – SF Horizons carried critical articles by James Blish and others, including both editors. Aldiss also wrote as C C Shackleton, whose initials allegedly stood for Charles Charleston. The most notable solo piece is ...

Pearson, Lars

(1973-    ) US writer and editor who began his career as a journalist and editor working on magazines about collectables and Comics. In 1999 he founded the Mad Norwegian Press, a Small Press which began publishing "unauthorized" reference guides to Doctor Who (1963-current) and other long-running Television series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and Angel (1999-2004). At the same time the press published the Faction Paradox series of novels, based on ideas and ...

Horne, Richard Henry

(1803-1884) UK dramatist, poet and author, who changed his name to Richard Hengist Horne in 1867; credited by William Wilson as the author of what is, according to Wilson's Definition of SF, an exemplary work of "Science-Fiction": The Poor Artist, or Seven Eye-Sights and One Object: "Science in Fable" (1850; vt with added essay The Poor Artist, or Seven Eye-Sights and One Object 1871 as by Richard H Horne) anonymous, a didactic tale in which a struggling artist achieves success by reproducing ...

Fort, Charles

(1874-1932) US journalist and author whose first work, The Outcast Manufacturers (1909), is a novel only remotely connected to his later interests. He also wrote numerous usually realistic, and often humorous, short stories including a satirical fantasy, "A Radical Corpuscle" (March 1906 Tom Watson's Magazine), before settling into the work for which he is remembered. Working from extensive notes collected mainly from newspapers, magazines and scientific journals, Fort compiled a series of ...

Quantum Muse

US Online Magazine produced by Michael Gallant, Timothy O Goyette and originally with Raymond M Coulombe. The magazine has had two existences. The original ran for 94 monthly issues, with just a few gaps, from April 1999 to Summer 2007, the last two issues quarterly. It then went into hiatus and re-emerged as a new magazine with a new website from November 2008 to the present, again monthly with additional editorial work by Michele Dutcher. The two incarnations have much in common, including ...

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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