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Galactic Journal Magazine

US letter-size perfect-bound Media Magazine. Publisher: Mark A Altman as Altman Publications. ?23 monthly issues, 1986 to 1988. / This Semiprozine's format resembled a slim trade paperback. Despite the subtitle "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Alternative", the coverage was of such contemporary major productions as Aliens (1986), Back to the Future (1985), Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). Despite its good quality, Galactic Journal Magazine seems ...

Kring, Michael K

(1952-    ) US author whose Space Mavericks series of Space Operas The Space Mavericks (1980) and Children of the Night (1981) – carries its protagonists through various adventures but not to their destination planet: the conclusion to the series was never published, due to difficulties experienced by Kring's publisher, Leisure Books. [JC]

Jakes, John

(1932-    ) US author best known for sf and fantasy, under his own name and various pseudonyms including Alan Henry, Jacob Johns, Alan Payne, Jay Scotland and Alan Wilder, before launching his Bicentennial series of novels, which traces the fictional history of a US family over the past 200 years. It achieved extraordinary bestsellerdom, undoubtedly justifying, at least financially, his decision to retire from the genre. Most of his shorter work, beginning with "The Dreaming ...

Harbottle, Philip

(1941-    ) UK local government officer and sf researcher. Harbottle is the world authority on the works of John Russell Fearn (whom see for details of Harbottle's involvement in his posthumous career) whose literary estate he represents and with whom he has posthumously collaborated, completing several stories. His bibliographical study of Fearn is John Russell Fearn – an Evaluation (1963 chap; exp vt John Russell Fearn: The Ultimate Analysis 1965 chap; further exp vt ...

Hill, William Boyle

(circa 1861-1953) Irish author, resident in Australia, whose novel A New Earth and a New Heaven (1936) is of exceedingly moderate sf interest for its advocacy of a garden-city subtopian future (see City), but which comes somewhat to life on its protagonists' visit to a Lost World – in the heart of Australia – whose inhabitants are in touch with Mars. [JC]

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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