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Banister, Manly

(1914-1986) fan and author responsible for an early Fanzine of professional quality, The Nekromantikon (1950-1951), which ran to five issues, but who had earlier begun publishing fiction of genre interest with "Satan's Bondage" for Weird Tales in September 1942. Egoboo: A Fantasy Satire (1950 chap) is a short Time-Travel spoof which satirizes sf Fandom (see Recursive SF). Conquest of Earth (January-May 1956 Amazing as "The Scarlet Saint"; heavily cut vt 1957; text restored as The Scarlet Saint ...

Cowie, Donald

(1911-2006) UK author (blind since 1984), in New Zealand from 1928, in UK from 1934, resident in Switzerland from 1964, who has also written as Aldwyn Abberley, Julian Mountain, R F St B Pytchely and Rufus Stone; he was the author of several crabbed Future History visions of a century in decay. Prose & Verse (coll 1945) as with Julian Mountain contains some fantasy stories; of sf interest are The Indiscretions of an Infant, or The Baby's Revenge (1945) and The Rape of Man, or The Zoo Let ...

Dawson, Erasmus

The pseudonym of UK author Paul Devon (?   -?   ), of whom nothing is known beyond his authorship of The Fountain of Youth (1891), a Lost World tale set in Borneo, where a race of Hindu giants (see Great and Small) is discovered; they are notable for various Inventions, and for their use of a metal previously unknown to science. The tale is narrated by "Erasmus Dawson" and "edited" by Devon. [JC]

Miller, Kurt

(1968-    ) US artist. After earning a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Miller initially worked exclusively for the gaming industry, doing the artwork for Avalon Hill board games and working for the computer game company Talonsoft, inspiring his eventual shift to digital art; more recently, he has produced numerous book covers for Baen Books. As someone familiar with that company might expect, Miller has frequently illustrated works of Military SF with images ...

Galaxy [music]

German/Swiss prog-rock band, founded in Frankfurt-am-Main in 1977, who sang in English. The songs on their one album release, Nature's Clear Well (1978) are mostly environmental in theme, with a Dystopian vision of urban living, and the hint ("I've Come From A World") of extraterrestrial intervention. [AR]

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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