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Irwin, Robert

(1946-2024) UK academic, mediaevalist, professional juggler (briefly) and author whose work in Arabian studies, of importance in itself, underpins the world envisioned in his first and most famous novel, The Arabian Nightmare (1983; rev 1987), which may be the definitive rendering of its central conceit: a mise en abyme-like dream narrative whose protagonist, upon seeming to awaken, only finds himself passing out of one story through a Portal into a deeper dream [for ...

Kerruish, Jessie Douglas

(1884-1949) UK author, initially of romances with fantasy elements [see also The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below], and also of numerous short stories from around 1910, several of them assembled later as Babylonian Nights' Entertainment: A Selection of Narratives from the Text of Certain Undiscovered Cuneiform Tablets (coll 1934). Of some sf interest is her Werewolf tale, ...

Outer Reaches

US print-on-demand SF Magazine published by Black Matrix Publishing, Grants Pass, Oregon and edited by Guy Kenyon. Only one issue, Winter (January) 2010, letter size. The cover, depicting armed soldiers, sets the tone for this magazine, which promised stories set on far distant worlds and has a strong militaristic tone (see Military SF) though stories also dealt with the exploration of new worlds and posed some interesting ...

Fantasy Review

1. UK Amateur Magazine, edited by Walter Gillings; 18 issues March 1947 to Spring 1950. Gillings, previously editor of several UK SF MagazinesTales of Wonder (1937-1942), Strange Tales (1946) and Fantasy (1946-1947) – found himself needing an outlet for his energies after ...

Jensen, Norman

(1933-    ) UK author of The Galactic Colonizers (1971), an sf adventure for Robert Hale Limited involving encounters with unusual Aliens. [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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