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Engel, Lyle Kenyon

(1915-1986) Canadian editor, book packager and author who edited Space Science Fiction Magazine and Tales of the Frightened, each magazine having two issues dated Spring and August 1957. The latter was a Tie to a short-lived syndicated Radio show in which Boris Karloff read five-minute horror stories written by Michael Avallone, duly published in the magazine and later collected in book form as by Karloff. A further non-fantastic title was the thriller venue American Agent: The Magazine of the ...

Slobodkin, Louis

(1903-1975) US illustrator and author who is perhaps best known for his many picture books (none are listed here). Of sf interest is the Space Ship series beginning with The Space Ship Under the Apple Tree (1952), designed for younger readers within what would now be thought of as the Young Adult market. Young Eddie, a pleasant-tempered boy scout, meets a young Alien who disguises his Spaceship so the two can travel around the world and learn things. [JC]

Dante Alighieri

(1265-1321) Italian poet, one of the five central fathers of the European literary tradition after the fall of Rome, along with Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), François Rabelais, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) and William Shakespeare; known primarily for the Commedia (begun circa 1300, mostly written 1313-1321; 1472 as La Comedia di Dante Alleghieri; vt La Divina Commedia 1555). Translations into English of the Inferno – which comprises Book 1 of the whole – are ...

Palmer, Bernard

(1914-1998) US author of several series for children and the Young Adult market, all specifically designed to impart Christian values. Of sf interest is the Pat Collins/Jim Dunlap sequence, comprising a series of tales starring Pat Collins, most of which were revised and retitled about a decade later and starring Jim Dunlap; the first of these is Pat Collins and the Peculiar Dr Brockton (1957 rev vt Jim Dunlap and the Strange Dr Brockton 1967). The tales themselves involve various Inventions ...

Bretnor, Reginald

(1911-1992) US author and anthologist, born Alfred Reginald Kahn – he changed his name legally to Bretnor after World War Two – in Vladivostok, Siberia, but resident in the US from 1920; active after World War Two in a number of genres as an author of both fiction and nonfiction. His interest in military theory, which first generated articles and Decisive Warfare (1969), later inspired the Future at War series of anthologies: The Future at War 1: Thor's Hammer: On or Near Earth ...

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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