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Science Fiction Quarterly

US Pulp magazine in two series: Summer 1940 to Spring 1943 (10 issues) and May 1951 to February 1958 (28 issues), published by Columbia Publications. The first two issues of the first series were edited by Charles Hornig, all others by Robert A W Lowndes. / In its first incarnation Science Fiction Quarterly – a companion to Science Fiction (see Science Fiction Stories) and Future Fiction – featured a complete novel in every issue, mostly reprints from varied sources: five were ...

Lavers, Norman

(1935-    ) US ornithologist, academic and author whose sf novel, The Northwest Passage (1984), engages in an experiment (see Postmodernism) familiar to readers of the modern novel: the book comprises a "text", complete with a scholarly apparatus which is itself, of course, part of the "text". In this case, a far-future editorial apparatus surrounds (see Ruins and Futurity) the late-twentieth-century scholarly edition of an eighteenth-century manuscript journal recording the ...

Shaw, George Bernard

(1856-1950) Irish-born playwright, critic and author, in the UK from 1876, where he remained ferociously active throughout a writing career lasting almost seventy-five years (see Longevity in Writers); though often referred to as GBS, he increasingly wrote as Bernard Shaw. Under whatever form of his name, he was central to the Fabian Society from its founding in 1884, editing Fabian Essays (anth 1889) and beginning contentious intellectual friendships with G K Chesterton and H G Wells soon ...

Miles, Charles A

(?   -    ) US author whose sf novel of Space Flight is Argosy: The Imaginary Memoirs of an Astronaut (1961). [JC/DRL]

Penny, Laurie

(1986-    ) UK author who began to publish work of genre interest with "Making Babies" in Terraform [online] for 13 April 2015; in her sf novel, Everything Belongs to the Future (2016), is set in a Near Future Britain, most of whose inhabitants have been comprehensively immiserated by the very rich, the 1% have access to an Immortality Drug, though the protagonist and her cohort hope to change the world for the better. [JC]

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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