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Wilson, Richard

(1920-1987) US author and director of the News Bureau of Syracuse University until his retirement in 1982; he was instrumental in persuading many sf writers to donate their personal archives to the university's George Arents Research Library. Involved in sf Fandom from an early age, he was a founder of the Futurians in the 1930s, publishing his first sf story, "Murder from Mars", with Astonishing Stories in April 1940; "Stepsons of Mars", which he wrote with fellow Futurians Joseph Harold ...


US Fanzine (1962-?2001) edited from New Hampshire by Ed Meskys (1936-2021) alone for the first five issues, when it was a small, personal fanzine circulated through an APA; then with Felice Rolfe and Anne Chatland from #6, Chatland dropping out after #8. Under Meskys and Rolfe, Niekas established itself as a large and variegated magazine containing a mixture of articles, but with particular emphasis on Fantasy and J R R Tolkien. Al Halevy's "Glossary of Middle Earth" was first published in ...

Anderson, Taylor

(1963-    ) US author of the Destroyermen sequence of Military SF tales, beginning with Destroyermen: Into the Storm (2008), which shifts its displaced highly skilled warriors from World War Two into an Alternate World where the Disaster that extinguished the Dinosaurs 65,000,000 years ago never occurred. The soldiers from our world must survive in a world torn by constant conflict between saurians and mammals. [JC]

Message from Moonbase Alpha

Film (1999). Kindred Productions. Produced by Tim Makett. Written by Johnny Byrne. Cast includes Zenia Merton. 7 minutes. Colour. / A short fan-produced coda to the cancelled Television series Space: 1999 (1975-1977), set in the year 2024. Surviving members of Moonbase Alpha are evacuating to a habitable planet they have named Terra Alpha, as the base's life support systems have degraded to the point where they can no longer be repaired. Communications officer Sandra Bernes (Merton) ...


US feminist sf Fanzine (1975-1990) edited from Madison, Wisconsin, by Jan Bogstad, Jeanne Gomoll and Diane Martin (#1-#3 by Bogstad, #4-#17 by Bogstad and Gomoll, #18-#26 by Martin). Janus (which became Aurora with #19) was born as Feminism began making itself felt in sf in the mid-1970s. It carried articles by Samuel R Delany, Suzette Haden Elgin, Joanna Russ and Jessica Amanda Salmonson (1950-    ), and interviews with Octavia Butler, Suzy McKee Charnas, Jo Clayton, ...

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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