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Schwartz, David J

(1970-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Thieves' Justice" in Dragon Magazine for February 1994, and who specialized in shorter fiction for several years. His first novel, Superpowers (2008), moved him suddenly into greater prominence with its accurate deconstruction of (and homage to) the American Superheroes genre, though it clearly inhabits a post-Watchmen world, like other recent dark tales including It's Superman! (2005) by Tom De Haven, ...

Infinity

Original paperback anthology series edited by Robert Hoskins, published by Lancer Books, and presented as a lineal descendant of the magazine Infinity Science Fiction (1955-1958), whose editor, Larry T Shaw, was also connected with Lancer; the covers bore the slogan "New Writings in Speculative Fiction". Infinity was a competent but not outstanding series. Regular contributors included Poul Anderson, Barry N Malzberg and Robert Silverberg; Alan Brennert and George Zebrowski made their debuts in ...

Laney, Francis T

(1914-1958) US fan, author, critic and Fanzine publisher whose publication of greatest genre significance was The Acolyte (14 issues 1942-1946), an Amateur Magazine centred on H P Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. A resulting spinoff was Howard Philips Lovecraft (1890-1937): A Tentative Bibliography (1943 chap) with Bill Evans. / Laney's fanzine Fan-Dango (25 issues 1943-1950; also known as Fan Dango or Fandango) was also highly regarded in Fandom, where however he is best remembered for ...

Rue Morgue

Canadian letter-size saddle-stapled Media Magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Rodrigo Gudino as Marrs Media Incorporated. Editor-in-Chief: David Alexander. 1996-current. Publication was monthly to January 2005 and eleven times per year thereafter. / Subtitled "The Magazine of Horror in Culture and Entertainment", Rue Morgue now rivals Fangoria in popularity, being distributed throughout the world. Though focusing primarily on Horror in all media, the magazine has included sf coverage ...

Attebery, Brian

(1951-    ) US academic and author best known for his work in the analysis of fantasy as a genre [see Checklist below]; for this work in particular he was given an IAFA Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 1991, though the 2009 Pilgrim Award was given him for his work in general. He served as co-editor with Ursula K Le Guin, and with Karen Joy Fowler as consultant, on The Norton Book of Science Fiction: North American Science Fiction, 1960-1990 (anth 1993), for which he ...

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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