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Gatiss, Mark

(1966-    ) UK actor and author, best known in his sometime capacity as a member of The League of Gentlemen, a comedy team on BBC radio and television since 1995, acting in and co-authoring a spin-off film, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005). Although not strictly science-fictional, The League of Gentlemen's work – mainly focusing on the fictional Northern English town of Royston Vasey – makes frequent reference to film and ...

Davies, Gordon C

(1923-1994) UK illustrator and author, most of his sf-related work being covers for the UK publisher Curtis Warren, which issued mostly bottom-of-the-market paperback originals in early 1950s; Steve Holland estimates that he executed at least forty covers for the firm. He also painted several 1952 covers for Authentic Science Fiction. A complete catalogue of his work is not ...


US letter-size magazine. 16 issues September 1976-January 1980, with #11/12, May 1979, being a double issue. Planned as quarterly, but bimonthly to September 1978, then irregular, with the last 4 issues bimonthly. Published by Vincent McCaffrey of Avenue Victor Hugo, Boston, Massachusetts; edited by Charles C Ryan. / Published on a small budget, Galileo hoped to survive through subscription sales rather than newsstand distribution. 8000 copies of ...

Farmer, Philip José

(1918-2009) US author whose active career extended over half a century, though he was a comparatively late starter as an author, and his first story, "O'Brien and Obrenov" for Adventure in March 1946, was nonfantastic and promised little. A part-time student at Bradley University, he gained a BA in English in 1950, and two years later burst onto the sf scene with his novella The Lovers (August 1952 Startling; ...

Kelso, Sylvia

(1946-    ) Writer, critic, editor and academic based in North Queensland, Australia. She obtained an MA in creative writing from the University of Western Australia with an alternate history novel set in North Queensland and a PhD from James Cook University, where she examined feminism/s' interaction with SF and the Gothic. She is an adjunct lecturer of English at James Cook University, where she has taught English and creative writing, a consulting member of the editorial ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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