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Lewis, Irwin

(1916-1996) US author who began publishing sf with "'To Invade New York ...'" for Analog in August 1963, a tale whose basic idea was incorporated into his first novel, The Day They Invaded New York (1964), in which invading Aliens confuse New Yorkers by fouling the Transportation systems of the great city. A second novel, The Day New York Trembled (1967), creates its chaos through a pain-relieving Drug and its unexpected consequences. [JC]

Teitelbaum, Sheldon

(1955-    ) Canadian journalist and film and sf critic, resident 1977-1985 in Israel, where he served five years as an officer in the paratroop corps. His sf/horror column in the Jerusalem Post was the first such outside the sf magazines; he also had a film column in the Hebrew-language magazine Fantazia 2000. From 1986 to 1996 Teitelbaum was the Los Angeles correspondent for Cinefantastique. / His ambitious Zion's Fiction Anthology series, opening with Zion's Fiction: A ...

Pacific Comics

US independent Comics publisher founded by Bill and Steve Schanes; a pioneer in creator-owned comics properties. Pacific began in 1971 as a comics mail order retailer, then went into distributing comics for major publishers until it was successful enough by 1981, that it began issuing its own titles. The Schanes knew Jack Kirby and were able to bring him out of retirement with an agreement that he would own all rights to any characters and concepts he created for them (in contrast to the ...

Astounding Stories Yearbook

One of the many reprint Digest magazines published by Sol Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co, reprinting material from Amazing Stories from the 1930s and 1940s. Two issues were released in 1970, the second under the title Astounding SF. Cohen's use of such a celebrated magazine title (see Astounding) was thought by fans to be cheeky. [BS/PN/MA] links / Galactic Central illustrated checklist

Newton, W Douglas

Working name of Irish author Wilfrid Bernard Michael Newton (1884-1951), active from around 1907 in British magazines, where he published a wide variety of fiction including the occult, the supernatural, thrillers and sf; he also wrote as by Bernard Birmingham, W N Douglas, John Halstead, John How and Ian Irons. His first sf novels are set in the Near Future, and speculate upon the possibility of Invasion and World War One: War (1914) unpacks a Future War among the countries of Europe, and The ...

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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