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US low-paying literary magazine which ran for 28 quarterly issues from Summer 2003 to October 2011. It was published by Zahir Publishing, Encinitas, California and edited by Sheryl Tempchin. It was initially a Print Magazine with twenty quarterly issues from Summer 2003 to Winter 2009. From issue #21 (January 2010) it became an Online Magazine, retaining its quarterly schedule but ceased with issue #28 (October 2011). Material published online appeared in the annual anthologies Zahir Anthology ...

Crilley, Mark

(1965-    ) US creator of the Comic Akiko (1995-current), and of the Akiko series of Young Adult or younger sf adventures, usually in interstellar Space Opera venues lightly spoofed, based on the comic, beginning with Akiko on the Planet Smoo (2000). Crilley has a modest, comical touch with storyline, though he has not seriously stretched himself or his readers. The Billy Clikk sequence, beginning with Billy Clikk: Creath Battler (2004), also for younger readers, follows the ...

Kofoed, Karl

(1942-    ) US illustrator, sometimes working as Karl B Kofoed, probably best known for his Galactic Geographic series of illustrated pages done, in great contrast to that journal's customary style, for Heavy Metal; these contain his speculations about future Technology, interstellar travel, Life on Other Worlds, etc. The feature ran in most issues from March 1978 to July 1980 and then from March 1998 to July 2008. Some of this material, plus much more besides, appeared in ...

Hemingway, Hilary

(?1961-    ) US author of several novels in collaboration with her husband, Jeffry P Lindsay; she has also published material about her uncle, Ernest Hemingway. An sf thriller series comprising Dreamland (1995) and Dreamchild (1998), both with Jeffry P Lindsay is told in a UFO mode, featuring an Alien kept secret by the government, and a half-human child conceived during these proceedings. In Time Blender (1997) with Michael Dorn and Jeffry P Lindsay, a portal leads to ...

Boardman, Tom

Working name of UK publisher and editor Thomas Volney Boardman Jr (1930-2017), who went to work for the family publishing company, T V Boardman, in 1949, and stayed on as managing director when the company changed ownership in 1954. This company published primarily mysteries, but also some sf. Tom Boardman was sf adviser, successively, to Gollancz, Four Square Books, Macdonald and New English Library. He was business manager of the short-lived critical magazine SF Horizons. He edited the five ...

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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