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Premier Magazine

UK fiction magazine published by Amalgamated Press, London, and edited by David Whitelaw (1876-1971). It ran for 256 issues from May 1914 to March 1931, monthly except from #63 (Summer 1919) to #159 (6 February 1923) when it was fortnightly. There were three series of which the middle series, March 1923 to September 1926 saw The Premier as a Slick magazine, but all other issues were Pulp, all in standard format. The magazine is ...

Sykes, A L

(?   -?   ) US author of a Near Future adventure, Banduk Jaldi Banduk! (Quick My Rifle!) (1907; vt The Countersign: A Story of Tibet 1909) with Claude P Jones, whose American-born heroine, believing herself to reincarnate Kubla Khan (see Reincarnation), frees Tibet from China with the help of an amorous American who arrives by ...

Killus, James P

(1950-2008) US chemist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Son of ETAOIN SHRDLU: More Adventures in Type and Space" for Asimov's with Sharon N Farber, Susanna Jacobson and Dave Stout in June 1981, publishing about twenty stories in all, most of them more ambitious than this initial vignette. His first novel, Book of Shadows (1983), is fantasy; his second, Sunsmoke (1985), undemandingly combines sf and fantasy in a ...

Corlett, Anne

(?   -    ) UK criminal lawyer and author whose first novel after several nonfantastic tales, The Space Between the Stars (2017), attempts with some ambition to use a Space Opera frame to interrogate various practical and moral issues following the virtual elimination of Homo sapiens both on Earth and across a swathe of settled planets (see ...

Engle, Eloise

Working name of US author Eloise Katherine Engle Paananen (1923-1993). Her sf novel, Countdown for Cindy (1962), is a light Space Opera whose heroine, an Aerospace Force nurse, becomes the first American woman to visit the Moon. [JC/DRL]

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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