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Orbit Science Fiction

US Digest-size magazine, published by Hanro Corp, New York; edited by Jules Saltman. Five issues [Fall] 1953 to November/December 1954, the first two undated. All stories were chosen by Donald A Wollheim, uncredited. Orbit Science Fiction was a middling-quality magazine that fell victim to the inundation of the market with too many sf magazines in the early 1950s. A story in the Tex Harrigan series by August ...

Levin, Bernard

(1928-2004) UK journalist and critic best remembered for his vast output of often polemical and/or satirical newspaper essays, notably in The Times 1971-1997; nine volumes of selections, a small fraction of the total, appeared in book form. Levin's nonfiction A World Elsewhere (1994) is a popular survey of, and meditation upon, the various myths and dreams of Utopia – from ancient legends of Atlantis to ...

Greenberg, Rosalind M

(1951-    ) US author and editor who began to publish work of genre interest with "Namesake" as by Elizabeth Morton in The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural (anth 1981) edited by Martin H Greenberg, Barry N Malzberg and Bill Pronzini; she also published short fiction as by Rosalind Straley. She is best known for co-editing seven ...

Severn, David

Pseudonym of UK author David Storr Unwin (1918-2010), a member of the Unwin publishing family; most of his work was for older children, beginning with Rick Afire! (1942), the first of several nonfantastic titles – the rick here in question being in fact a mundane hayrick – in the Crusoe sequence, which was followed by the Warners series, similarly nonfantastic, perhaps so designed to comfort readers living through World War Two and its aftermath. Severn's ...

Larson, Ellen

(?   -    ) US editor and author whose sf novel, The Measure of the Universe (2002) follows the eventually romantic interactions of a human and a visiting Alien archaeologist who meet on a Greek Island during the course of his attempts (see Linguistics) to recover for his species the literal art of writing. [JC]

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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