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Bleiler, Richard

(1959-    ) US professional librarian and bibliographer, son of E F Bleiler, with whom he has collaborated on several works; his two solo works – The Index to Adventure Magazine (1990 2vols) and The Annotated Index to The Thrill Book: Complete Indexes to and Descriptions of Everything Published in Street and Smith's The Thrill Book (1991) – are invaluable explorations into rich sources of pulp literature that had hitherto been left only cursorily unexamined. Of ...

Garnett, David S

(1947-    ) UK author, author of a large number of books, many of them novels, in various genres and under various names. To differentiate himself from the elder David Garnett he created a middle initial to add to his own name, and in the US signed his early books Dav Garnett, for the same reason; he has published novels also as David Lee and David Ferring. His sf has always been action-oriented and dominated by Space-Opera conventions, which he has never been able to take ...

Aldani, Lino

(1926-2009) Italian editor and author, one of the best-known writers in the Italian sf field, and one of the more translated in other languages. His literary self-education took place in the years following World War Two, with Jean-Paul Sartre becoming one of his principal models as a writer; his first writings appeared in Oltre il Cielo ["Beyond the Sky"], a magazine founded in 1957 and based in Rome, publishing sf stories as by N L Janda, alongside articles on rocketry and space technology. ...

Lewis, Henry

(?   -?   ) UK author of The Way Out: The Social Revolution in Retrospect, Viewed from A D 2050 (1932 chap), in which an historian describes the creation of a socialist Utopia from the happy perspective of a peaceful 2050. [JC]

Munsey, Frank A

(1854-1925) US newspaper and magazine publisher and author. He began publishing in 1882 with The Golden Argosy, a weekly Boys' Paper, later transformed into The Argosy. Munsey expanded his titles to include Munsey's Magazine, The Scrap Book, The All-Story, Cavalier and later, after a complex series of mergers and title changes, All-Story Weekly and Argosy All-Story Weekly. A self-made millionaire, Munsey was reviled for his heavy-handed treatment of the newspapers under his control. Under the ...

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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