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Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction

Black-and-white Comics-format magazine issued in 1975 by Marvel Comics through Magazine Management, which owned the company at the time. Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction was a high-quality production created by Roy Thomas and considered to be a continuation of his previous colour sf anthology comic, Worlds Unknown. The successor publication was equally short-lived, seeing only six issues plus a Special published in 1976. It featured graphic adaptations of stories by many sf authors including ...

McCauley, Kirby

(1941-2014) US literary agent, influential fan and editor; he very early on represented several clients, including Stephen King and George R R Martin, who later became extremely successful; both have acknowledged his influence on their careers. Although his professional focus was always on fantasy and horror (see Horror in SF), McCauley's taste as an editor was catholic, beginning with the intelligently assembled Night Chills: Stories of Suspense and Horror (anth 1975), whose release coincided ...

Saha, Arthur W

(1923-1999) US research chemist and editor, early involved in Fandom as a member of the Futurians. The Year's Best Fantasy Stories sequence, started by Lin Carter in 1975, passed to Saha with The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #7 (anth 1981), and continued with The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #8 (anth 1982), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #9 (anth 1983), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #10 (anth 1984), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #11 (anth 1985), The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: #12 ...

Play by Email

Term used to describe a game in which the players communicate by electronic means, but not in real time. Thus, all messages sent in a Play By Email game are subject to delays resembling those imposed by a physical postal system. For convenience, this encyclopedia uses the term to cover any electronic form of communication, including email and entering information on a website, whether handled manually by the player or automatically by the game software. In essence, Play By Email is identical to ...

Arnyvelde, André

Pseudonym of French journalist, playwright and author André Lévy (1881-1942), his nom de plume being an anagram; in active service during World War One, deported as a Jew to a concentration camp and murdered during World War Two. His works of interest as examples of early twentieth century Fantastika convey their visions of Utopia through an unusually intimate diction. Le Roi du Galande ["The King of Galande"] (1910) is a Fantastic Voyage whose protagonist, after leaving his ...

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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