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M-Brane SF

US downloadable and print-on-demand Online Magazine published and edited by Christopher Fletcher, initially in Oklahoma City, and from April 2010 in St Louis, and became part of M-Brane Press. It was published monthly, with occasional delays, from January 2009 to June 2011, with a final thirtieth issue in February 2012. The print version was letter size and the small print meant that although the early issues ran to about fifty pages, these probably contained over 50,000 words, more than most ...

Minkov, Svetoslav

(1902-1966) Bulgarian author and man of letters, active from 1920 (for contextual comments on his earliest work, see Bulgaria). The sf tales and Fabulations assembled in The Lady with the X-Ray Eyes (coll trans Krassimira Noneva 1965 Bulgaria), which brings together work originally published 1928-1965, are sharp, occasionally didactic, and expose a sometimes insistent irony. This text is not a translation of a 1934 Bulgarian collection with the same title. [JC]

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

(1792-1822) UK playwright, poet and author whose importance to the development of science fiction (see Proto SF) in the early nineteenth century is tangential to the main drift of his work as a poet; he was, along with Lord Byron and John Keats (1795-1821), one of the central figures of the second wave of British Romantic poetry. Some of his fiction is of interest in the ideational and literary tumult of the era: Zastrozzi: A Romance (1810), which features a giant proto-Promethean rebel, and St ...

Cook, William Wallace

(1867-1933) US newspaper reporter and author, sometimes as by John Milton Edwards, under which name he published The Fiction Factory [for subtitle see Checklist] (1912), a detailed account of his early career in magazine publishing; most of his many stories appeared after the turn of the century in such magazines as The Argosy, some of them only reaching book form after a decade or so, in a stapled format reminiscent of Dime-Novel SF; they are all, however, full-length novels, most of them, ...

Rayner, Mark A

(?   -    ) Canadian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Any Port in a Storm" for Parsec for Summer 1999; in The Amadeus Net (2005), an Immortal Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has survived into the Near Future, where – after a world-shaking Disaster – he has assisted in the construction of a Utopia; a few years later, in 2028, he applies for a sex change. The book is a Satire, with many targets. Marvellous Hairy (2009) is also a ...

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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