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Two Complete Science-Adventure Books

US Pulp magazine, thrice yearly, eleven issues, Winter 1950 to Spring 1954, published by Wings Publishing Co. New York, a subsidiary of Fiction House; edited by Jerome Bixby (Winter 1950-Summer 1951), Malcolm Reiss (Winter 1951-Summer 1953) and Katharine Daffron (Winter 1953-Spring 1954). Issues numbered #1-#11. / A companion magazine to Planet Stories, Two Complete Science-Adventure Books ...

Andom, R

Pseudonym of UK author Alfred Walter Barrett (1869-?   ), who remains best known for We Three and Troddles: A Tale of London Life (1894), to which he wrote numerous sequels, one of which, In Fear of a Throne (1911), is a Ruritanian fantasy; and for other light fiction in the mode of popular figures like Jerome K Jerome. His sf and fantasy were similarly derivative; titles of interest ...

de Béthune, Chevalier

(?   -?   ) French author, who may or may not be related to the influential Béthune family, of Relation du Monde de Mercure (1750; trans Brian Stableford as The World of Mercury 2015) vividly describes a Mercury inhabited by various species of Aliens some of whom dwell in Cities built on rigidly geometrical ...

Mason, Colin

(1926-2020) New Zealand-born Australian journalist, politician – Senator for New South Wales 1977-1987 – and author whose Near Future sf novel, Hostage (23 July-3 August 1973 Melbourne Sun; 1973), sets the beginning of World War Three in Israel and its climax in Australia. The 2030 Spike: Countdown to Global Catastrophe (2003; rev vt ...


The annual awards given by the World SF Society, comprising members of the Worldcon. The awards were originally known as the Science Fiction Achievement Awards while affectionately termed Hugos in honour of Hugo Gernsback; the name was officially changed to the Hugo Awards when the US authorities declined to allow a service mark on the original name. Hugos were first awarded at the 1953 World SF ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos ...

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