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Jablokov, Alexander

(1956-    ) US author born Jablokow who began publishing sf with "Beneath the Shadow of her Smile" for Asimov's in April 1985, and who has since been fairly prolific in short forms, several stories being set in a future Boston (see Cities), comprising a central element of Future Boston (anth 1994) edited by David Alexander Smith, which is in fact a Braided novel. Other early stories appear in The Breath of Suspension (coll 1994); after a hiatus, new stories began to appear ...

Woolf, A L

(?   -    ) UK author who wrote the novel Southern Exploration (1953) as by Adam Dale, a House Name of Curtis Warren, for which publisher Woolf also wrote non-sf under his own name. [SH/DRL]

Galactic Journal Magazine

US letter-size perfect-bound Media Magazine. Publisher: Mark A Altman as Altman Publications. ?23 monthly issues, 1986 to 1988. / This Semiprozine's format resembled a slim trade paperback. Despite the subtitle "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Alternative", the coverage was of such contemporary major productions as Aliens (1986), Back to the Future (1985), Battlestar Galactica (1978) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994). Despite its good quality, Galactic Journal Magazine seems ...

Eastwick, James

(1850-1939) UK author, tentatively identified as the solicitor (later barrister) whose birth and death appear below. He published one work of sf interest, The New Centurion: A Tale of Automatic War (September-October 1895 Longman's Magazine; 1895 chap), which argues in a thinly fictionalized Near Future frame that naval contests in any Future War will be determined by technologies enabling the remote control of gunnery. As earlier expounded in his "Possible Developments in Naval Armament" ...

Aldrich, Thomas Bailey

(1836-1907) US author best-known for Story of a Bad Boy (1879); he was also responsible for Pansy's Wish: A Christmas Fantasy, with a Moral (1869), which was fantasy. Out of His Head, a Romance (coll of linked stories 1862) and The Queen of Sheba (1877) are early examples of the marginal subgenre of sf in which contemporary explorations in Psychology suggest storylines ranging from Amnesia to metempsychosis (and ultimately, it might be added, channelling). [JC]

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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