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Smith, Gregory J

(?   -    ) US patent attorney and author of the Starquest series of Space Operas beginning with Captive Planet (1986), composed with homiletic intent to espouse the Christian Religion. [JC]

Guran, Paula

(?   -    ) US editor, reviewer, anthologist, agent, and columnist heavily involved in many aspects of the genre since the 1990s, specializing in dark fantasy. She produced and edited the pioneering weekly email newsletter DarkEcho (which won International Horror Guild awards as best publication in 1998 and 1999, and a Bram Stoker award for nonfiction in 1999), and was editor of Horror Garage magazine from 2000-2002. / She has contributed reviews, ...

Szirtes, George

(1948-    ) Hungarian-born poet and translator, in the UK since the Hungarian Uprising in 1956; he writes in English, and has been active as a poet since about 1973. From the late 1980s, he has also been productive as a translator, always from the Hungarian. Authors given entries in this encyclopedia whose work he has translated include Ferenc Karinthy, László Krasznahorkai and Imre Madách. Szirtes's translations are crisply muscular, as is his poetry. ...

Van Dyke, John Henry

(?   -?   ) US author whose self-published Flash sequence of occultish sf novels, comprising The Flash (1927) and Blended Worlds (1927), carries a variegated cast through Western-inflected landscapes, where Secret Masters are met in Underground fastnesses, advanced science is displayed, all within the frame of a plot seemingly designed – though it is not easy to unpack a Godgame understory – to challenge the main protagonists to earn their coming ...


Tabloid-size Media Magazine. Publisher: James Steranko as Supergraphics Publications. Editor: Steranko. 41 issues, 1972 to 1979. / While not an sf or fantasy Media Magazine per se, this title from Comics artist and author Steranko included a good deal of material on these genres. Starting life as Comixscene, it became Mediascene with issue #7, retaining the name "Comixscene" as the title of a detailed comics section. Subjects covered besides new film and paperback releases were Edgar Rice ...

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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