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Kasulke, Calvin

(?   -    ) US author and playwright (recipient in the latter capacity of a Lambda literary fellowship) based in New York. His debut novel – or rather, novella with a great deal of white space – is Several People Are Typing: A Novel (2021), a genial comedy told entirely through chat sessions and personal direct messages in an eccentric New York PR consultancy's internal Slack Communications network. ...

Steffanson, Con

A House Name used by Avon Books for the initial four books of their sequence of Ties to the Flash Gordon franchise: Ron Goulart wrote the first three of these and Bruce Cassiday the fourth. Two further titles appeared as by Cassiday's own pseudonym Carson Bingham. [DRL]

Kuttner, Henry

(1915-1958) US author, married to C L Moore from 1940 until his death; his childhood interest in Weird Tales early led him to correspond with H P Lovecraft and others: his first sale to the magazine was a poem, "Ballad of the Gods", in February 1936, followed by "The Graveyard Rats" (March 1936 Weird Tales). His stories for the magazine included a Robert E ...

Nova SF

The title of two Amateur Magazines, one UK and one US. / 1. UK Amateur Magazine produced by Adrian Hodges, Cheltenham in octavo format. It saw five slim issues from Spring 1990 to #5 (undated but late 1992). It was one of a wave of British little magazines emulating, to some degree, Dream Magazine but generally stronger on enthusiasm than content. The magazine improved ...

Allen, F M

Pseudonym of Irish author and publisher Edmund Downey (1856-1937), in London for much of his working life after 1878 until 1906. In a sense, his fiction was self-published, as he owned the firms that published it; but both Downey & Co. and Ward & Downey had reputable lists of authors beyond Downey himself. His short Disaster sequence, set in Ireland – The Voyage of the Ark, as Related by Dan Banim (1888), which retells the Biblical story ...

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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