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Big Little Books

Compact children's book format inaugurated in late 1932 by the Whitman Publishing Company (Racine, Wisconsin) with The Adventures of Dick Tracy (graph 1932) and widely imitated by other publishers. A typical Big Little Book had a width of 3 5/8 inches and a height of 4½ inches, with 432 pages making a fat little volume 1½ inches thick (roughly 9.2 cm x 11.4 cm x 3.8cm). Every page of text was faced by a full-page captioned picture. Many ...

Montgomery, Rutherford

(1894-1985) US author of books for children from 1932, mostly set in the American west, often featuring animals prominently. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Kent Barstow sequence, beginning with Kent Barstow Special Agent (1958) and ending with Kent Barstow Aboard the Dyna Soar (1964); Barstow, a test pilot and special agent, engages in Technothriller adventures in defense of America, and ...

Gaspar, Enrique

(1842-1902) Spanish diplomat, playwright and author, initially of zarzuelas, comic operettas with spoken dialogue in the French manner. He is of sf interest for the book-length "El anacronópete" (in Novelas, coll 1887; trans Yolanda Molina-Gavilán and Andrea Bell as The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey 2012) which, although it is not the first text to posit something like Time Travel, seems to be the first to describe ...

Morrow, Lowell Howard

(1870-1951) US author whose career covered at least the first three decades of the twentieth century, probably beginning with the Near Future Atalantis: A Novel (1902), in which a permissive Utopia (and tax haven) has been constructed on an artificial Island in international waters, where private vices are supported. Unfortunately, a Yankee puritan in a state of virtue and sexual arousal (he ...

Hay, John

Working name of Australian author and farmer John Warwick Dalrymple-Hay (1928-    ). In his sf novel, The Invasion (1968), World War Three begins after a US test missile devastates China, whose retaliation includes a nuclear attack on the coastal cities of Australia. Inland survivors band together to resist the invaders. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...



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