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Wentworth, Walter

(?   -?   ) UK author of interest for his children's sf Kibboo Ganey sequence, comprising Kibboo Ganey; Or, the Lost Chief of the Copper Mountain (1889) and The Drifting Island (1890) [for both books see Checklist below for full titles]. An elderly but competent Colonel, member of the Royal Geographical Society, takes his son and nephew to Africa, where they untether a floating peninsula to create an Island in which they cross Lake Chad; Kibboo Ganey himself, being ...

Franklin, H Bruce

(1934-    ) US critic, John Cotton Dana Professor of English and American Studies at Rutgers; emeritus since 2015. In 1961 Franklin gave at Stanford one of the earliest university courses in sf in the USA. In 1972 he was dismissed by Stanford for giving speeches protesting the university's involvement in the Vietnam War – a case well known to those interested in questions of academic freedom. His Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century (anth ...

Wheeler-Nicholson, Malcolm

(1890-1968) US magazine entrepreneur, prolific producer of pulp fiction important in the history of Comics as the founder of the firm which became DC Comics; and author. Death Over London (1940) is uninteresting sf featuring Nazi spies destroying American installations in London with sympathetic vibrations. [RB]

Epi-Log Magazine

US letter-size Television Semiprozine. Published by Star*Tech Publications. Publisher and editor: William Anchor. Originally saddle-stapled on cheap newsprint, the format switched to perfect-bound on glossy paper in 1992 and remained thus to the end. 44 issues, 1990 to 1994. Publication schedule varied between monthly and bimonthly. / This magazine of episode guides, subtitled "The Magazine of Television Science Fiction, Fantasy and Adventure", focused on UK and US sf, Fantasy and Horror ...

Harrison, Helga

(1923-    ) UK author whose sf novel, The Catacombs (1962), depicts with some irony a Ruined Earth Britain, long after a nuclear World War Three, in which "Crishuns", having persuaded themselves that they warrant special attention, await salvation, while dodging the oppressive Communes, which are governed by a garrulously domineering dictator. [JC]

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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