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Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

US professional downloadable Online Magazine (hereinafter referred to as OSCIM) published by Orson Scott Card's Hatrack River Enterprises; Card also worked as editor on the first two issues, October 2005-March 2006, with Edmund R Schubert as editor from October 2006 and Scott M Roberts as editor from July 2016. Originally twice a year, it became quarterly in 2008 and bimonthly from March 2009, a schedule it has kept except for a brief hiatus between January and June 2010 when the editor and ...

Jackson, Edward Payson

(1839-1905) Turkish-born US educator and author, of missionary parents, in America from 1845; of sf interest is A Demigod: A Novel (1886), published anonymously, in which a Eugenics programme, begun in Greece in the seventeenth century, generates in the late nineteenth century a Superman who boasts extraordinary strength and agility, plus a massive intellect, out of which pours Inventions galore, including a process by which artificial diamonds are created, and a superior hand-gun. [JC]

Dwiggins, W A

(1880-1956) US author on typography, greatly influential book designer and, through his association with the Mergenthaler Linotype Company, creator of at least a dozen typefaces, the most famous of them being Electra and Caledonia; from 1922 he called himself a "graphic designer", and is credited with inventing the term. Dwiggins is known within the sf field for designing and illustrating the luxurious 1931 edition of H G Wells's The Time Machine. Often in collaboration with George Salter after ...

Haldeman, Jack C, II

(1941-2002) US author who began publishing sf with "Garden of Eden" for Fantastic in December 1971. His fifty or so stories tend to avoid the more serious Space-Opera themes, sticking generally to Games-and-Sports tales about Robot football players, precognitive Stars, and the like. His first novel, Vector Analysis (short version May 1977 Analog; 1978), sets problems in a Space Station devoted to medical research, and sees them solved. His second, Perry's Planet (1980), is a Star Trek tie, and ...

Pocock, Roger

(1865-1941) UK adventure, journalist and author, noted for having interviewed Butch Cassidy, and for founding the patriotic Legion of Frontiersmen in 1905. The Chariot of the Sun: A Fantasy (1910) depicts a 1980 UK governed along the lines of Medieval Futurism: the reigning monarchy enforces a medieval life style, while at the same time advances in Technology have allowed Britain to maintain a Pax Aeronautica through the use of wireless Power Sources. In independent Lyonesse (ie Cornwall), ...

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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