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Pierce, John J

(1941-    ) US editor and critic, son of John R Pierce, with a background in Fandom, editor of a Fanzine, Renaissance, in the 1960s, and at that time author of reasoned polemical articles about the damage he saw being wrought on sf by writers of the New Wave. Pierce edited Galaxy November 1977-March/April 1979, years in which through no special fault of his the magazine was rapidly declining. Later he published an ambitious sequence of critical books about sf, A Study in ...

Fahrenheit 451 [game]

Videogame (1984). Telarium. Designed by Len Neufeld. Platforms: AppleII, C64, DOS (1984); Mac (1985); AtariST, MSX (1986). / Fahrenheit 451 is an illustrated text Adventure which serves as a sequel to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 (February 1951 Galaxy as "The Fireman"; exp 1953), and to which Bradbury made significant contributions. The game's protagonist is Guy Montag, once a book-burning "fireman" but now a member of the literary resistance to the ignorant bureaucracy which rules his ...

Universe Science Fiction

US Digest magazine, ten numbered issues June 1953 to March 1955; the first two published by Bell Publications, Chicago, the rest by Palmer Publications, Evanston; #1-#2 edited by George Bell (ghost-edited by Raymond A Palmer and Bea Mahaffey), the rest edited (officially) by Palmer and Mahaffey. / This was a companion magazine to Palmer's Science Stories, and both were really outgrowths of Other Worlds, whose last issue in its first incarnation was dated July 1953. Palmer had taken ...

TV Sci-Fi Monthly

UK tabloid-size Cinema magazine. Published by Sportscene Publishers, Limited. No editor credit in early issues; later ones list Mick Farren as editor or co-editor. Eight issues, all with copyright date 1976; month not given. / An "oversize" publication which focused on various Television programmes, TV Sci-Fi Monthly carried interviews and articles as well as its main feature, a large fold-out poster in each issue. The television series covered were roughly evenly divided between UK and US ...

Pain, Barry

(1864-1928) UK author active from the 1880s, best known for the supernatural tales assembled in volumes like Stories in the Dark (coll 1901) and Stories in Grey (coll 1911), and for humorous fiction in which he uneasily condescended to the lower orders, the best known of these being the nonfantastic Eliza tales. He frequently made slanting use of sf devices and motifs, as in The Octave of Claudius (1897), whose protagonist submits, for a large sum, to a Mad Scientist's mysterious experiment ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...

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