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Carson, John F

(1920-1981) US teacher and author of a Young Adult sf novel, The Boys Who Vanished (1959), the young protagonists of which sneak into a secret laboratory and, fooling around, become the boys of the title. All turns out well. [JC]

Space Wars Heroes

US letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema magazine printed on newsprint. Published by Myron Fass as Stories, Layouts and Press. Editor: probably Jeffrey Goodman. Three bimonthly issues, 1979. / This Fass publication focused somewhat more heavily on Television than its stablemates, covering such programmes as Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979) and The Incredible Hulk (1978-1982). In other ways it differed little from its companion publications. [GSt] see also: Media Magazines. /

White, Andrea

(1953-    ) US author whose first novel, the Young Adult Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 (2005; vt No Child's Game: Reality TV 2083 2006), features the adventures of two teenagers give the chance to re-enact, as a reality Television show, Captain Robert Falcon Scott's prolonged and ultimately fatal Terra Nova Expedition to the Antarctic, 1910-1913. The Upcity Chronicles series beginning with Windows on the World (2011), which is also set in 2083, introduces its young ...

Alkon, Paul K

(1935-2020) US author and critic, Leo S Bing Professor of English Literature at the University of Southern California since 1980, a specialist in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French literature. Origins of Futuristic Fiction (1987) is a vigorous and influential study of the creation of the idea of the future that evolved, mostly in France, from the end of the eighteenth century, as reflected in the fiction and literary theory of the time; this won an Eaton Award. Alkon resuscitated the ...

Kemp, Earl Terry

(1955-    ) US editor, sf researcher and historian, son of Earl Kemp. He is the author of The Anthem Series: A Guide to the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Weird Specialty Publishers of the Golden Age (2013), art books including the Robert Bonfils collection The Cover Art of Robert Bonfils: from the archives of Greenleaf Classics (graph 2013), and two extensive bibliographic databases. Kemp has also edited several volumes of sf stories – and one of SF Magazine ...

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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