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Warren Publishing

US magazine publisher founded in 1957, named after its founder James Warren (1930-    ) and active for several decades. Warren launched Forrest J Ackerman's monster/sf/Monster Movies film magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland in 1958; this had many imitators in the 1960s and 1970s, most short-lived. Ackerman also produced Spacemen magazine for Warren from 1961 to 1965, ten issues overall including a final Annual issue. This was the first dedicated sf film magazine, ...

Bryant, Dorothy

(1930-2017) US teacher, playwright and author, who also gave her name as D M Bryant in the original version of her Feminist Utopia The Comforter: A Mystical Fantasy (1971; vt The Kin of Ata Are Waiting for You 1976). The narrative itself hovers Equipoisally between something like the "real" world, where it is possible that a radically dream-dominated society might survive on an unknown Island, and the almost allegorical intensity of the lessons there bestowed on a deeply guilty, deeply ...

Hetherington, Victoria

(1989-    ) Canadian editor and author, active from around 2010; her first novel, Mooncalves (2019), recruits a range of story devices from nonfantastic sources and the toolkit of Fantastika to give contour to the story of a violent outbreak of cult Religious frenzy in rural Quebec. She is of sf interest for her second novel, Autonomy (2022), which is set in a dark Near Future ravaged by Climate Change and Pandemic; the specific venue, the American Protectorate of Canada, ...

Piserchia, Doris

(1928-2021) US author, born and raised in West Virginia, in the US Navy 1950-1954. She began publishing short fiction with "Rocket to Gehenna" for Fantastic in September 1966. Her first novel, the remarkable and densely plotted van Vogt-style revenge drama Mister Justice (1973 dos), appeared after she had established some reputation in shorter forms, one of her stories being included in Best Science Fiction for 1972 (anth 1973) edited by Frederik Pohl. Star Rider (1974) recounts first-person ...

Marriott, Crittenden

(1867-1932) US author, a prolific contributor to magazines during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The Isle of Dead Ships (January-April 1909 The Scrap Book; 1909; vt The Isle of Lost Ships 1930), twice filmed as The Isle of Lost Ships (1923 and 1929), focuses on a well-organized Lost Race occupying a network of ancient ships at the heart of the Sargasso Sea; the plot of the tale, involving a vaguely modernistic submarine, is digressively melodramatic. The Water Devil (July 1912 Blue ...

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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