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Steele, Linda

(1953-    ) US author (not the Linda Steele married to Michael Moorcock) whose Ibis: Witch Queen of the Hive World (1985) examines human sexual politics (see Feminism; Gender) through the perspective of an affair between a human male and a female of an Alien hive-like species (see Hive Minds). [JC]

Platt, Marc

(1953-    ) UK author associated mainly with the Doctor Who universe, for which he has written Ties in various media; books of interest begin with Doctor Who – Ghost Light (1990) and conclude with Doctor Who: The New Adventures: Lungbarrow (1997). [JC]

Exuberance

UK Amateur Magazine published and edited by Jason R Smith, Chipperfield, Hertfordshire. A4 format and planned as quarterly, though never quite achieving that, it saw six issues between September 1990 and a long delayed final issue in October 1993. It called itself "The Illustrated Magazine of Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction" and although sf came last in the list the magazine published a fair amount of sf, though much of it downbeat. Several readers commented on the irony of calling such a ...

Raine, Craig

(1944-    ) UK poet whose first book, The Onion, Memory (coll 1978 chap), demonstrated his capacity to illuminate the world through estranged images, a technique which came to full fruition in A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (coll 1979 chap), the title poem of which represents – in language which convincingly manifests a principle central to Fantastika as a whole, that the fantastic may be best grasped through the literal – an Alien's tabula rasa vision of normal ...

Popular Science Fiction

Australian thin (64pp) Digest-size saddle-stapled magazine. Six issues, undated but July 1953 to March 1955, published by Frew Publications, Sydney; editor not named, but Ronald Forster. It published primarily reprints from US pulps but included some new Australian material by Norma K Hemming and, surprisingly, by US authors, particularly in the final issue which was almost all new material, by Sam Sackett, Jim Harmon and Louis Moore. In 1967 Page Publications, Sydney reprinted issues #4 and #6 ...

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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