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Northern Irish SF Magazine, Slick A4 format. Published bimonthly by Specifi Publications. Edited by Paul Campbell (?   -2021), with David Langford billed as nonfiction editor from #2. Three issues, dated February/March, April/May and July/August 1982. / During its brief slick-format existence Extro published fiction by Brian W Aldiss, ...


US magazine, in Slick letter-size saddle-stapled format, April 1973 to April 1975, and tabloid format June 1975-August 1975. 16 issues, 13 bimonthly, the last three monthly, published by Mankind Publishing, Los Angeles; edited by Donald J Pfeil. Subtitled "The Magazine of Science Fiction", Vertex was a magazine of imaginative layout and much internal illustration, the first real Slick magazine in the ...

Sheehan, Perley Poore

(1875-1943) US screenwriter, journalist and author responsible for much magazine fiction, though he was initially best known for a play, Efficiency: A Play in One Act (August 1917 McClure's Magazine; vt "Blood and Iron: A Play in One Act" October 1917 Strand; 1917 chap) with Robert Hobart Davis (1869-1942), in which a German Mad Scientist transforms the fatally wounded ...

Wood, J A

(?   -    ) UK author of We Alien Seed (1978), a Genre SF contribution to the Robert Hale Limited [JC]

Babylon Zoo

Shortlived UK pop group who enjoyed chart success with their single "Spaceman" (1996), a number one chart hit in 23 countries including the UK. The song, a glamrock expression of yearning to become an "intergalactic" astronaut, is memorable for its speeded-up opening and closing sections in which singer and writer Jas Mann's (1971-    ) usually thrumming voice is rendered squeaky and alien. Two albums, including one (King Kong Groover, 1999) with ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for ...

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