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Fisher, Philip M, Jr

(1891-1973) US teacher, naval officer, author and financial auditor (in that order), whose work was restricted primarily to the Pulp magazines. His earliest sale was an article in Youth's Companion in 1916; his first fiction sale, and also his first work of sf, was "The Demise of Professor Manried" for All-Story Weekly, 18 August 1917. Here the eponymous professor is able to use electricity to amplify and harness thought waves (see Telepathy; Psi Powers). In several more of Fisher's stories, ...

Human League, The

UK pop band, formed in 1977 by Martyn Ware (1946-    ) and Philip Oakley (1955-    ). They took their name from one of the alliances listed in the sf boardgame Starforce: Alpha Centauri, and the early releases featured occasional genre realizations. Their second album Travelogue (1980) included, for instance, "The Black Hit of Space" and a song in praise of the then Doctor Who actor "Tom Baker"; both possess a certain attractive austerity. The group's ...

Ekpeki, Oghenechovwe Donald

(?   -    ) Nigerian editor and author who has also punctuated his name as Ekpeki Oghenechovwe Donald; he began to publish work of genre interest with "The Witching Hour" in Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Stories for 23 April 2018. Most of his work can be understood as Horror, though it is clear that some traditional generic distinctions are "sorted" very differently in the Afrofuturism to which he has contributed as editor and author. His first Anthology, ...

Quinn, James L

(1910-?   ) US editor whose Quinn Publishing Company started the magazine If in 1952; Quinn became editor after the first four issues. Its circulation gradually declined, and in 1958 Quinn appointed Damon Knight in his place. The magazine's fortunes did not revive and Quinn suspended publication, subsequently selling the title to the publishers of Galaxy Science Fiction. With Eve Wulff he edited two anthologies drawn from the Quinn Publishing era of the magazine: The First World ...

Leicht, Stina

(1972-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Last Drink Bird Head" in Last Drink Bird Head: Flash Fiction for Charity (anth 2009) edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. Most of her work has been fantasy, including two series, the Fey and the Fallen sequence beginning with Of Blood and Honey (2011), and the Malorum Gates sequence beginning with Cold Iron (2015) [neither series is listed below]. She is of sf interest for Persephone Station ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...



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