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Cosmic Crime Stories

US Print Magazine of science fiction and fantasy, slightly larger than review size (9 x 6 in; 227 x 150 mm), published twice yearly (January and July), one of a number of similar low-paying magazines published by Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and aimed at younger readers. It began in January 2011, its first two issues edited by Karen L Newman. Newman's departure, however, meant that there was no issue #3 and instead it leapfrogged to #4 (July 2012), now edited by Tyree Campbell. The ...

Dorrington, Albert

(?1874-1953) UK journalist and author who lived in Australia circa 1890-1907, and was active as a journalist from the late 1890s, beginning to publish fiction soon after, often focusing on Aborigines and immigrants (he had more sympathy for the former). He is perhaps best known outside Australia for The Radium Terrors (January-August 1911 The Scrap Book [US], 1911 Pall Mall [UK]; 1912), which combines a Yellow Peril threat – the Japanese villain, Dr Tsarka, prefigures Sax Rohmer's Dr ...

Gallego, S G

(1883-1944) Spanish-born author, in US from an undetermined point; John Smith, Emperor (1944) is a Near Future tale whose culture-Hero protagonist uses his Invention of a secret device to impose peace on the world, and to institute a Utopia where anything that the protagonist considers immoral (Sex is particularly offensive to him) is made illegal. The Pope duly crowns him emperor. [JC]

West, Jessamyn

(1902-1984) US author active from the 1930s, most famous for the tales of rural Quakerism assembled in The Friendly Persuasion (coll of linked stories 1945). She is of sf interest for two novellas. "The Pismire Plan" (in Cross Section 1948: A Collection of New American Writing, anth 1948, edited by Edwin Seaver [1900-1987]) is a spoofish but ultimately serious Satire set in a Near Future California where the debilitating effects of "Depression II" are worsened by an intensely intrusive Media ...

Butler, Joan

Pseudonym of Irish Writer Robert William Alexander (1905-1979), whose first story of genre interest was "The Grey Parrot" for The Happy Mag. in October 1927, and who published numerous adventure stories in the late 1920s under his own name. Though most of his sf was as by Butler, he did publish under his own name two sf novels, both clearly written in the humorous style he had established for his pseudonymous work, but conveying an underlying seriousness of intent. In Mariners' Rest (1943), a ...

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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