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Star Science Fiction Magazine

US Digest-size magazine. One issue, published by Ballantine Magazines, January 1958. This was an attempt to convert Frederik Pohl's Star Science Fiction Stories into a magazine after its first three issues (1953-1954) in book format. Although a second magazine issue was mooted, sales did not warrant continuing in that form and it reverted to book format at the end of 1958. The magazine replicated some of the contents of the anthology, including a cover by Richard Powers, but somehow the content ...

Ranken, J L

(1878-1945) Australian author in whose Tzane (1926) danger to the Near Future attends the Invention of the eponymous chemical formula; but is averted. [JC]

Janson, Hank

Initially a personal pseudonym of Stephen Frances but eventually a House Name used by other UK writers for various publishers. Authors writing as Janson included Harry Hobson (1908-1992), Harold Ernest Kelly, James Moffatt, Victor Norwood and Colin Simpson (1914-?   ). Most Janson titles were thrillers; sf novels are listed below. [JC] see also: Adam and Eve. /

Thompson, V M

(1948-    ) US author of several sf novels combining Horror in SF manoeuvres with medical Biology, her work tending to focus on Monsters created through Genetic Engineering. She published two novels of this description under her own name, Deadly Nature (1988) and Project God (1989), the latter of which unconvincingly attacks scientific hubris. Two of her tales – Deadly Breed (1991) as by T J Kirby and Dangerous Nature (1993) also as by Kirby – are pseudonymous. ...

Mullen, Stanley

(1911-1974) US artist, museum curator and pulp author who wrote over thirty sf and fantasy stories, beginning with "A Dero Named Clarence" for The Gorgon in 1947, many of them Space Opera, often in Planet Stories, until about 1959. His three books, from Small Presses, are Kinsmen of the Dragon (1951), which pits the hero against a secret society whose magical science has roots in a Parallel World which, being Under the Sea, is accessible by submarine; Sphinx Child (1948 chap), a fantasy short ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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