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Fantasy [magazines]

Title used on two early UK sf magazines. / 1. UK Pulp magazine published by George Newnes Ltd, edited by T Stanhope Sprigg (1903-1977) as a companion to his highly successful Air Stories. It saw three undated issues released in Summer 1938 and Spring and Summer 1939. Its material, though now badly dated, was typical of the stereotypical pulp fiction of the day and included work by John Beynon Harris (see John Wyndham), John Russell Fearn, Eric Frank Russell and the ageing George C Wallis. ...

Hallen, A L

(?   -?   ) UK author whose Angilin: A Venite King (1907) is among several novels by early writers that prefigure the Planetary Romances of Edgar Rice Burroughs, though without the flair. The planet in question is Venus; the protagonist is an Earthman who transports his psyche there in an attempt to find his dead love, and finds himself inhabiting the soul of the eponymous king of Venus (see Identity Transfer). The plot is ornate and dynastic, and Airships are used ...

Ronald, Bruce W

(1931-    ) US author, advertising man and actor. His Our Man in Space (1965 dos) is a Space Opera a little reminiscent of Robert A Heinlein's Double Star (February-April 1956 Astounding; 1956) in its story of an actor unhappily spying on behalf of Earth. With John Jakes and Claire Strauch he wrote the musical comedy Dracula, Baby (1970); Jakes played Van Helsing in the premiere in Ohio. [PN]

Wright, Harold Bell

(1872-1944) US clergyman and enormously popular author whose only sf novel, The Devil's Highway (1932) with John Lebar, pseudonym of his son Gilbert Munger Wright (1901-1966), features a Mad Scientist and his culpable Scientist colleagues, whose Invention, a thought-control device operating with the help of a Power Source called "ethericity", suppresses the better instincts of its victims; they are then inclined, out of bitterness, to further his plot to eliminate Homo sapiens (his motive being ...

Kent, Kelvin

Pseudonym used on the Pete Manx series in Thrilling Wonder Stories (1939-1944), individually by Arthur K Barnes (four stories) and Henry Kuttner (six stories), and on the two they wrote in collaboration: "Roman Holiday" (August 1939 Thrilling Wonder) and "Science is Golden" (April 1940 Thrilling Wonder). [PN] links / Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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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