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Cohen, Sol

(1903-1984) US editor and publisher who edited the Avon Science Fiction and Fantasy Reader in 1953. He was publisher of Galaxy between December 1962 and June 1965, and of If between November 1962 and May 1965; he launched Worlds of Tomorrow in April 1963. In 1965 Cohen's Ultimate Publishing Co bought the magazines Amazing Stories and Fantastic from Ziff-Davis, after which he proceeded to cut production costs by switching from monthly to bimonthly publication and running large numbers of ...

Star Wars [franchise]

At the heart of this now very substantial enterprise is the Cinema sequence whose first instalment was Star Wars (1977). To the end of 2017, there have been nine Star Wars films. In 1997, before the release of the second, "prequel" trilogy, George Lucas re-released the original films into cinemas with updated special effects and minor story changes as "Special Editions". These changes were controversial among fans at the time, as they were perceived by some to soften the movies. Further changes ...

Kelley, Karen

(?   -    ) US nurse and author, mostly of romances, beginning in the early 1990s. Of sf interest is the Planet Nerak sequence of romantic Space Opera tales beginning with Close Encounters of the Sexy Kind (2007), in which Mala, a sex-hungry woman from another world bored by Sex with Robots, becomes attracted to the men of Earth; in subsequent volumes, other women from the planet Nerak follow Mala to Earth, and find out why she went there. In the Princes of ...

Rovin, Jeff

(1951-    ) US author who has written nonfiction on Videogames and on Fantasy and sf Cinema. His career began in the early 1970s at Atlas/Seaboard Comics – where he edited Movie Monsters 1974-1975 – and Warren Publishing. At Warren he soon became closely associated with Famous Monsters of Filmland, for which he worked in an editorial capacity until the end of the magazine's original run in 1983. He also contributed columns to Analog from 1976 and Omni from 1980. ...

Sawyer, Jamie

(1979-    ) UK barrister and author whose work to date consists almost exclusively of contributions to his Lazarus Universe Military SF sequences. In the first of these, the Lazarus War series beginning with The Lazarus War: Artefact (2015), the chief ongoing protagonist Captain Conrad Harris of the Simulant Operations Programme undergoes repeated deaths leading his team in suicide missions over various locations across the galaxy where Homo sapiens is in conflict with an ...

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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