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Collins, Erroll

Pseudonym of UK poet and author Ellen Edith Hannah Redknap (1906-1991), who wrote under her own name The Isle of the Black Pearl (1936 chap) as E E Redknap, which verges on the fantastic. As Erroll Collins she published fiction in magazines from 1937, including several sf adventures like Mariners of Space (1944), a Space Opera describing a War between Earth, Mars and Venus, Submarine City (1946), in which pirates take over the eponymous artificial Island in order to raid the ruins of Atlantis ...

Startling Stories

1. US Pulp magazine, 99 issues January 1939 to Fall 1955, published by Better Publications January 1939 to Winter 1955, and by Standard Magazines (really the same company) Spring to Fall 1955; edited by Mort Weisinger (January 1939-May 1941), Oscar J Friend (July 1941-Fall 1944), Sam Merwin Jr (Winter 1945-September 1951), Samuel Mines (November 1951-Fall 1954), Theron Raines (Winter and Spring 1955) and Herbert D Kastle (Summer and Fall 1955). Leo Margulies was editorial director of Startling ...

Kjelgaard, Jim

(1910-1959) US author, usually of adventure novels for children, most of them about animals or set in the natural world, of which Fire-Hunter (1951) is of interest as a competent example of Prehistoric SF; the protagonist of the tale responds to challenge with several culture-transformative Inventions. He wrote some stories, probably all horror, for Weird Tales, plus one collaboration with his close friend Robert Bloch in the same magazine: Bloch implies in his autobiography Once Around the ...

All-Story, The

US Pulp magazine published by the Frank A Munsey Corporation; edited by Robert Hobart Davis. It was a companion to The Argosy. The All-Story appeared monthly January 1905-March 1914, weekly from 7 March 1914 (as All-Story Weekly), incorporated Cavalier Weekly (see The Cavalier) to form All-Story Cavalier Weekly from 16 May 1914, and reverted to All-Story Weekly from 15 May 1915 to 17 July 1920, when it merged with Argosy Weekly to form Argosy All-Story Weekly. / The All-Story was the most ...

On Spec

Canadian Semiprozine, Digest-size, perfect bound (from Fall 1991), around 96pp, published by The Copper Pig Collective, Edmonton, which arose out of a writers' group at the University of Alberta. The original General Editor was Marianne O Nielson, but she retired after the Spring 1992 issue and thereafter it has been edited by a collective, which has included over time Catherine Girczyc, Barry Hammond, Susan MacGregor, Hazel Sangster, Jena Snyder and Diane L Walton, and which operates through ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...



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