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Abu Tenpū

Pseudonym of Shinichi Abu (1882-1928), a Japanese author of Military SF for the early Pulps, and an early fictional proponent of the likelihood of a Future War between Japan and the United States. Abu's first career was that of an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, commissioned as a second lieutenant shortly before the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. Resigning his commission in 1906 due to a leg injury, he fell in with the literary salon of the author and editor Shunrō Oshikawa, who ...

Skywald Publications

US magazine and Comics publisher which existed from 1970 to early 1975, founded by Sol Brodsky (1923-1984), and Israel Waldman. Brodsky was associated with Marvel Comics for the great majority of his career in various capacities. Skywald issued a short-lived series of colour comics which included westerns, the Horror title The Heap about a swamp monster Antihero reminiscent of the Swamp Thing and Jungle Adventures, all using much reprinted material from the 1950s. None of these lasted more than ...

Cameron, Ian [2]

(?   -    ) Scots author, illustrator and graphic designer who in collaboration with George Erskine wrote the Counter Force sf tales for Young Adult readers, Beware the Tektrons (1988) and Find the Tektrons (1988). Here, in the early twenty-first century, six youngsters work together against the Alien Tektrons who have secretly infiltrated Earth. (This diptych should not be confused with the Counter Force sequence of Technothrillers by Daniel T Streib.) / ...

Potter, Martin H

(1871-1955) UK author of The Sea Surrenders (1911), in which a successful attempt to harness the tides provides a new Power Sources, and Life – The Jade (1912), an sf novel partly set in the Near Future, and partly some decades hence, where the negative implications of progress in Medicine – including an Immortality Drug called Zoedotes, which the rich have kept to themselves – are made clear. [JC]

Van Laun, Henry

(1859-1932) UK entrepreneur and author, whose given name was possibly Henri, but seemingly never used. Doubts have been expressed about whether or not The Gates of Afree, A D 1928: A Romance of the New Empire (1903) was actually released, though a copy is held by the National Library of Scotland with its author given as Henry Van Laun. The tale is a romantic Utopia set in Near Future Africa, laced through with a Satirical take on the author's colleague Cecil Rhodes (1853-1902), almost certainly ...

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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