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Reiffel, Leonard

(1927-2017) US physicist, broadcaster, noted for his competent and accessible radio programme The World Tomorrow which began in 1964, Deputy Director of the Apollo Moon project for NASA 1965-1969,and author; in his Near Future Technothriller, The Contaminant (1978), a plot is brewed to destroy the USSR with a virus that causes cancer (see Pandemic). [JC]

Dean, Frederic Alva

(circa 1860-1936) US author of a Lost Race novel, The Heroines of Petoséga (1889), which traces the history of the survivors of an ancient Disaster which destroys pre-Attic Greece in about 1000 BCE, and who found the exquisite city of Petoséga on what is now known as Mackinac Island in present-day Michigan. But Petoséga is destroyed more than once by a vast Monster known as the "Floating Mountain". After the second destruction, the remnants of the lost tribe discover ...

Živković, Zoran

(1948-    ) Serbian publisher, researcher, translator and author; his 1982 doctoral dissertation for Belgrade University, "The Appearance of Science Fiction as a Genre of Artistic Prose", was published in his Savremenici budućnosti ["Contemporaries of the Future"] (anth 1983), along with some of the stories he discusses. He has translated more than seventy sf books and published more than 200 books under his Polaris imprint, the first privately owned sf publishing house ...

Cosmos

1. Fanzine. See Fantasy Review. / 2. Australian popular science magazine, in the style of Omni, which publishes one, sometimes two sf stories per issue. Founded by Wilson da Silva, who is the editor-in-chief, it is published by Luna Media, Chippendale, New South Wales; the fiction editor was Damien Broderick from the first issue to December 2010/January 2011, and thereafter Cat Sparks until the post of fiction editor was eliminated in a 2016 staff downsizing. Cosmos was published monthly ...

Van der Poel, W I

(1908-1987) Working name of American artist Washington Irving Van der Poel Jr, who sometimes included the "Jr" in his name. While there is not an abundance of biographical information about this artist, Van der Poel is known to have worked as the art director for H L Gold's Galaxy during the 1950s, which explains why he was one of the figures depicted on Ed Emshwiller's cover for its October 1952 issue, attending a futuristic party along with luminaries like Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Robert A ...

Robinson, Roger

(1943-    ) UK computer programmer, bibliographer and publisher, active in UK Fandom for many years. The Writings of Henry Kenneth Bulmer (1983 chap; rev 1984 chap) is an exhaustive Bibliography of one of the most prolific sf writers, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its listing of Pseudonyms. Criticized at first for its failure to annotate its findings – so that, for instance, pseudonyms used for sf could not be ...



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