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US Digest-size magazine, in two series. The first series had eight issues December 1953 to June 1955, and the second series, four issues, January 1969 to May/June 1970, published by William L Crawford's Fantasy Publishing Company Inc in Los Angeles; the subtitle "Stories of the Future" was changed to "Science Fiction" from December 1954. The title was taken from the UK film Spaceways (1953). Most of the material came from Forrest Ackerman's agency, which meant that a high proportion of it was ...

Jefferson Starship

Also known as Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship: The Next Generation and Starship. US psychedelic rock band, formed, as "Jefferson Airplane" in Los Angeles in 1965 by Marty Balin (1942-2018) and Paul Kantner, amongst others; later joined by Grace Slick (1939-    ) whose songwriting skills and distinctive voice contributed a great deal to the commercial success of the band. The folk-rock and LSD-experimentalism of their early albums sometimes took science-fictional ...

Scithers, George H

(1929-2010) US author, editor, publisher and military engineer; with the US Army 1946-1973, retiring with the rank of Colonel. He began publishing fiction of genre interest with "The Faithful Messenger" for If in March 1969 as George Scithers with no middle initial, and the gay pornographic sf novel Hung in Space (1969) as by Felix Lance Falkon (a pseudonym he would use for other erotic/pornographic fiction and artwork); later he wrote a spoof cookery book (suggested by Damon Knight's famous ...

Funaro, Sergio

(1922-1986) San Marino-born physician and author, in US from before World War Two; the overall remit of his Future History, How It All Ended: The Decline and Demise of the West as Reconstructed by Johann Sebastian Barberini in the Year of our Lord 4776 (1973), is indicated by its subtitle. [JC]

Buffery, Judith

(1943-    ) UK author known exclusively for her Space-Opera Star Lord Saga: The Sheeg (1979), Saffron (1979), The Iron Clog (dated 1979 but 1980) and Gringol Weed (1980). [JC]

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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