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Avenger, The

Pulp Magazine published by Street & Smith for 24 issues, September 1939 to September 1942. Publication was monthly to July 1940, then bimonthly to the end. Edited by John Nanovic. / Each issue of The Avenger featured a short novel by Paul Ernst writing as Kenneth Robeson, plus short mystery stories by various authors. The Avenger was Richard Benson, a wealthy adventurer whose family is murdered by criminals in an aeroplane crash caused by sabotage. The shock turns his skin and hair pure ...

Underwood-Miller Inc

US Small Press founded in 1976 by Pennsylvania-based Chuck Miller and Tim Underwood, who worked in California. Their first book, a first hardcover edition of Jack Vance's The Dying Earth (1950; their edition 1976) almost accidentally set them on a course which would identify them with that author, many of whose works, new and old, they subsequently released. Other ambitious projects included several nonfiction books about Stephen King and a well-edited five-volume edition of The Collected ...

Lawrence, J A

(1940-    ) US illustrator and author, long resident in Greece, married to James Blish from 1964 until his death in 1975, collaborating with him on "Getting Along" (in Again, Dangerous Visions, anth 1972, ed Harlan Ellison) and – sometimes without credit – on many of the stories and some of the Ties he wrote for the Star Trek enterprise. She was credited as co-author of Star Trek 12 (coll 1977) and was solely responsible for Star Trek: Mudd's Angels (1978; vt ...

Senior, W A

(1953-    ) US academic, administratively involved with the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for many years, serving as President 1994-1998 and between 2002 and 2004; also involved as an organizer of the Association's annual conference, the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. As a critic, he is best known for Stephen R. Donaldson's Chronicles of Thomas Covenant: Variations on the Fantasy Tradition (1995), which focuses on Stephen R ...

Grant, Anthony

Possible pseudonym of UK author Marion Stapylton Pares (1914-2004); author of a routine sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited, The Mutant (1980). She is also credited with a number of nonfiction titles as by Judith Campbell. [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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