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Killus, James P

(1950-2008) US chemist and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Son of ETAOIN SHRDLU: More Adventures in Type and Space" for Asimov's with Sharon N Farber, Susanna Jacobson and Dave Stout in June 1981, publishing about twenty stories in all, most of them more ambitious than this initial vignette. His first novel, Book of Shadows (1983), is fantasy; his second, Sunsmoke (1985), undemandingly combines sf and fantasy in a story set in a fog-beset Los Angeles (see California), ...

Wongar, B

Apparent pseudonym of Yugoslav-born author Streten Bozic (1932-    ), in Australia from 1960; for some time, both names gave pause to researchers, as "Streten Bozic" could apparently be understood to mean "Merry Christmas" in Serbian, and "Birimbir Wongar" can be translated, from an Arnhem Land Aboriginal tongue, as something like "Dreaming Soul or Visitor", and "Banumbir Wongar", a version of the name used for a period, can be translated as something like "Spirit ...

Men Must Fight

Film (1933). MGM Studios. Directed by Edgar Selwyn. Written by C Gardner Sullivan, based on the 1932 Broadway play of the same name by S K Lauren and Reginald Lawrence. Cast includes Phillips Holmes, Ruth Selwyn, Lewis Stone, Diana Wynyard, Robert Young. 72 minutes. Black and white. / This obscure film offers a Future War view of World War Two as seen from 1933, a vision which the passage of time has converted into Alternate History. / Laura Mattson (Wynyard), a nurse in World War One, ...

Coffin, Bill

(1970-    ) US author of two Young Adult novels: Overmind (1995), set some time into the future, in which a gladiator escapes his fate and tries to contact God (see Religion; Transcendence); and Prime Mover (1996), a Space Opera involving human-settled planets, war, and interfering Aliens. [JC]

Galaxy's Edge

US professional magazine available in both print and Ebook form, the print edition being letter-size. It is published bi-monthly by Arc Manor, Rockville, Maryland, under Shahid Mahmud and was edited by Mike Resnick from the first issue, March 2013, until his death in January 2020; thereafter it has been edited by Lezli Robyn. / The magazine was unabashedly nostalgic, being a mixture of reprinted gems from the past and adventurous new fiction. Resnick, a noted raconteur, indulged his delight ...

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 November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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