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Shea, Robert

(1933-1994) US author and senior editor of Playboy magazine who began publishing work of genre interest with The Helpful Robots (September 1957 Fantastic Universe; 2009 ebook). He is best known for collaborating with Robert Anton Wilson on the Illuminatus! trilogy – The Eye in the Pyramid (1975), The Golden Apple (1975) and Leviathan (1975), all assembled as The Illuminatus Trilogy (omni 1984) – in which detective, Fantasy and sf components combine in the extremely complex tale of a ...

Stevens-Arce, James

(1945-    ) James Stevens-Arce, is perhaps the first Puerto Rican to publish sf, and the most prolific. Stevens-Arce has dedicated his life to textual creation, by writing screen-plays, commercials, short stories or novels; and in diverse genres: crime, fantasy, horror, sf, realism. He has mostly published in English, and has lived most of his life between the mainland and San Juan de Puerto Rico. Up to 1990 he used the shortened working name James A Stevens. / ...

Charlton Comics

Charlton Comics was the primary Comics imprint of Charlton Publications, founded in 1946 in Derby, Connecticut, by Joe Santangelo Sr and attorney Ed Levy. Charlton Publications published a wide variety of assorted magazines and, briefly, the Monarch paperback imprint which published some sf. Charlton Comics was notoriously the lowest-paying US comics publisher, and would often pick up material and titles from defunct publishers – obtaining, for example, a great many romance and western ...

Hayes, Jeff W

(1853-1917) US entrepreneur who introduced the telegraph to Portland, Oregon, in 1882, and most of whose works are nonfiction advocacies of life – viewed through the Utopian potentials of the region – in the Pacific Rim; he became blind before the end of the century. His sf book, Portland, Oregon, A.D. 1999 and Other Sketches (coll 1913), casts these speculations into the form of a genuine Utopia reflecting the influence of Edward Bellamy: Portland has been transformed by Technology ...

Vertex

US magazine, in Slick letter-size saddle-stapled format, April 1973 to April 1975, and tabloid format June 1975-August 1975. 16 issues, 13 bimonthly, the last three monthly, published by Mankind Publishing, Los Angeles; edited by Donald J Pfeil. Subtitled "The Magazine of Science Fiction", Vertex was a magazine of imaginative layout and much internal illustration, the first real Slick magazine in the sf field. The covers were often semi-abstract. Like most SF Magazines since the 1970s, Vertex ...

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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