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Milne, Janis

(?   -    ) UK author of a Young Adult Space Opera, The Starship Dunroamin' (1987), in which a gimmicked washing machine converts an inner-city English house into a Spaceship. [JC]


UK A4-size small-press Semiprozine, initially subtitled The Magazine of Mature Science Fiction & Fantasy; from issue 2 Science Fiction & Fantasy. Four issues Winter 1994 to Autumn 1996, edited and published by Paul Beardsley. / Substance aspired to fill a perceived mid-1990s need for a little magazine of good quality sf, traditional rather than avant-garde, seasoned with some fantasy, Interviews, ...


The usual term – not only in Fan Language but in sf circles generally – for the World Science Fiction Convention, at which the Hugo Awards are presented. This major event began in 1939 and (following an early hiatus caused by war, from 1942 to 1945) continues to be held annually, most frequently in the USA, where it has attracted as many as 8000 attending. The Worldcon takes place under the ...

Fisher, Samuel

(?   -    ) UK author whose first novel, Wivenhoe (2022), posits a 2022 uncannily similar to the real world, but arguably an Alternate History with no discernible Jonbar Point: snow begins to fall on the village of Wivenhoe and never stops, which may be a different kind of Climate Change, or Entropy. It seems the ...

Zabel, Bryce

(1954-    ) US journalist, screenwriter, broadcaster and author. Some of his scripts are of sf interest, including those for such series as Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997), M.A.N.T.I.S. (1994-1995), Dark Skies (20 60-minute episodes 1996) (see Television), about a 1960s ...

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, Kenneth Bulmer, and Who's Hugh?: An SF Reader's Guide to Pseudonyms (1987) is similarly exhaustive in its ...

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