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Traviss, Karen

(?   -    ) UK-born soldier, advertising copywriter, journalist and author, in US from the early years of the twenty-first century, who began publishing work of genre interest with "Orchids" in Neverworlds for February 1999, with occasional short work appearing until around 2007. From early in her career, however, she has focused on Series: the non-tie Wess'har Wars sequence comprising City of Pearl (2004), Crossing the Line (2004), The World Before (2005), ...

Forgotten Fantasy

US Digest-size magazine. Five issues October 1970 to June 1971, published by Nectar Press, Hollywood, edited by Douglas Menville. Forgotten Fantasy reprinted some ancient fantasy and Proto SF stories, but the long novel serialized in #1-#4, The Goddess of Atvatabar (1892) by William R Bradshaw, set in a Hollow Earth, was probably too dated to be successful even in the nostalgia market. A second serial, Hartmann the Anarchist (June-September 1893 The English Illustrated Magazine; 1893), by E ...

Coleman, Loren

(1947-    ) US author whose works run a Fortean (see Charles Fort) gamut from cryptozoology to UFO studies. He is listed here primarily to distinguish him from his near-namesake, Loren L Coleman. [JC]

Balfour, Andrew

(1873-1931) Scottish medical doctor specializing in tropical medicine, and at around the beginning of the twentieth century author of several adventure novels under the influence of H Rider Haggard and Robert Louis Stevenson. Of these, The Golden Kingdom: Being an Account of the Quest for the Same as Described in the Remarkable Narrative of Doctor Henry Mortimer, Contained in the Manuscript Found with the Boards of a Boer Bible During the Late War, and Edited with a Prefatory Note (1903) is a ...

Monkman, Kent

(1965-    ) Canadian artist and provocateur of Cree and Anglo-Irish ancestry, working in multiple media, using shock tactics and the absurd to confront onlookers with the nature of Imperialism and its long shadow on the modern world. Many of his paintings carnivalize prominent works in the Euro-American canon, such as "Miss Chief's Wet Dream" (2018), which depicts America's colonizers as a Ship of Fools ill-suited to their new homeland, and imposing a prolonged and unwelcome ...

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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