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Banks, Michael A

Pseudonym of US author and editor Alan Gould (1951-    ), who began publishing sf as Banks with "Lost & Found" for Asimov's in March/April 1978 with George Wagner, and who has since published at least forty-five stories, some as Alan Gould. His first books of sf interest were the nonfiction Understanding Science Fiction (1982), a primer plus anthology for teachers unfamiliar with the field, and Ultraheroes (1983), an sf interactive text for juveniles. His first sf novel ...

Sacranie, Raj

(1950-1998) UK poet, journalist and author of a collection of short Space Operas, Stories from Outer Space (coll 1979 chap), none previously published. [JC]

Expanse

US Semiprozine, published and edited quarterly from Baltimore by Steven E Fick, letter-size format, three issues published, #1 (October) 1993, Winter 1994 and Summer 1994. A professionally produced magazine with eclectic design (each story set in a different font), it was a good example of what computer-aided design could now produce. With an announced print run high for a semiprozine, Expanse began intrepidly, proclaiming in advertisements: "Tired of the liberal bias in the stories you read? ...

Wintle, Harold

(1870-1941) UK journalist and author whose The Cleansing of the "Lords" (1906) verges non-mimetic Politics in its depiction of the British government's apparent involvement in an ivory trade trust; Until That Day (1912) suggests that a dysfunctional Near Future Britain might return to sanity with the restoration of the monarchy; The Masked Battery (1927) is a fantasy about a magic spring discovered in London which causes instant Amnesia. [JC]

Planet of the Apes [comic]

US letter-size saddle-stapled Comics-format magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Marvel Comics under their Curtis Magazines subsidiary imprint. Editor: Roy Thomas. 29 monthly issues, 1974 to 1977. / Licensed to Marvel Comics in 1974, this Tie may have been the company's most successful black-and-white comics-format SF Magazine of the 1970s. Adapting Planet of the Apes (1968) in issues #1-#6, the monthly continued with all five of the original series films: plus original stories set ...

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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