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Harrison, Eva

(?   -?   ) UK author whose first book, The Story of a Soul's Unfoldment (1905),describes the author's psychic communication with a ancient Egyptian Priest. Of some sf interest is Wireless Messages from Other Worlds (1915), which contains a range of "spirit" (hence wireless) messages from other planets of the Solar System, giving details of higher forms of life. [JC]

Fleming, Roscoe

(1895-1974) US journalist and author who began publishing work of sf interest with "The Menace of the Little" for Amazing Stories Quarterly in Summer 1931, a complex Invasion novella in which Earth defends itself against the Hive-Mind civilization of Mars whose war centre, a hollowed-out mountain in America, is eventually bombed. Fleming seems to have written no other fiction, though several of the longer poems in The Man Who Reached the Moon and Other Poems (coll 1955 chap; exp vt The Man Who ...

Astounding Science-Fiction

US magazine, pulp-size January 1930-December 1941, letter-size January 1942-April 1943, pulp size May 1943-October 1943, Digest-size November 1943-February 1963. It changed its title to Analog (which see) in 1960. Published by Publisher's Fiscal Corporation (a subsidiary of Clayton Magazines) January 1930-March 1933 and Street & Smith October 1933-January 1961, by which time the magazine had become Analog; edited Harry Bates January 1930-March 1933, F Orlin Tremaine October 1933-November ...

Sherwood, Martin

(1942-2011) UK author with a PhD in organic chemistry; editor of Chemistry & Industry. His sf novels are Survival (1975) and Maxwell's Demon (1976); in the latter, Aliens invade humans, thus putting them to sleep. [JC]

Dorn, Michael

(1952-    ) US actor – in various Star Trek series and one film, and elsewhere – and author of an sf novel, Time Blender (1997) with Hilary Hemingway and Jeffry P Lindsay, whose title accurately describes the consequences of an archaeologist's discovery of a time portal (see Timeslip) in which various epochs come together. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the Klingon character Worf in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) and various films in ...

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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