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Leading Edge, The

US Semiprozine produced by students at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. It began in April 1981 and has generally appeared twice yearly; occasionally (as in 1987 and 2015) there were three issues, and in several other years only a single issue. The Leading Edge is published in a perfect-bound Digest format. It is edited by the students, usually an individual or group for an academic year at a time, and therefore the magazine has almost as many editors as issues. The first editorial team, ...

Newland, Courttia

(1973-    ) UK editor, musician, screenwriter and author, active from before 2000; most of whose work, beginning with his first novel The Scholar: A West-Side Story (1997), has been nonfantastic, though several of the stories assembled as Music for the Off-Key: Twelve Macabre Short Stories (coll 2006) and Cosmogramma (coll 2021) ingeniously engage in the turns of Fantastika. He is best known for his writing collaboration with Steve McQueen (1969-    ) on ...

MacKinlay, Sterling

(1876-1952) UK author whose Near Future sf novel, Reparation (1928), is a contribution to the prolonged debate about the treatment of defeated Germany after World War One; reparations begin in 1993. [JC]

Welby, Philip

Pseudonym of C D Davis (?   -    ), UK author of The Pleasure Domes of Sigma 93 (1978), a Space Opera for Robert Hale Limited. [JC]

Kreisheimer, H C

(1897-1972) US author of The Whooping Crane (1955 chap), in which a community enforcedly becomes a communist Dystopia, with the eponymous airplane, which is ambivalently futuristic, symbolically active in the tale. [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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