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The name since 1960 of the SF Magazine launched in 1930 as Astounding (which see). Published by Street & Smith (Astounding's publishers since October 1933) through the 1960 name change to January 1962; Condé Nast February 1962-August 1980; Davis Publications September 1980-August 1992; Dell Magazines, September 1992-current (as a division of Crosstown Publications from September 1996). Edited by John W Campbell Jr (editor of Astounding since December 1937) to December 1971, Ben Bova ...

Kirk, Hyland C

(1846-1917) US author of speculative nonfiction, including the nonfiction The Possibility of Not Dying (1883); his two books of sf interest are When Age Grows Young (1888), a Utopia set in the Near Future where technological progress has brought felicity and a chance of Immortality; and The Revolt of the Brutes: A Fantasy of the Chicago Fair (1893), a tale of fantasticated Devolution. [JC]

Zoline, Pamela

Working name of US painter and author Pamela Lifton-Zoline (1941-    ), in the UK 1963-1986. In the late 1960s she illustrated several stories in a collage-derived style for New Worlds, including Thomas M Disch's Camp Concentration (July-October 1967 New Worlds; 1968). She began publishing work of genre interest with "The Heat Death of the Universe" (July 1967 New Worlds), a finely structured application of the concept of Entropy to the life of an American housewife, through ...

Hamilton, Cicely

Pseudonym under which UK playwright, actor, Feminist and author Mary Cicely Hammill (1872-1952) published all her adult work, though her children's fiction, including some stories for the Sexton Blake series, was written as by Scott Rae and by Max Hamilton. Her best-known plays are eloquently suffragist; they include How the Vote Was Won (1908 chap; first performed 1909) with Christopher St John (1871-1960) (who had decades previously abandoned her birth name Christabel Marshall), in which the ...

Winchester, Clarence

(1895-1981) UK editor, journalist, poet and author, several of whose edited volumes, mostly about the world of the air, have remained known, including in particular Wonders of World Aviation (1937-1938 Amalgamated Press in 40 parts; 1938 2vols) where, for almost the last time before World War Two ended that dream, it could be assumed that a worldwide Pax Aeronautica was just around the corner; his adventure fiction, which was nonfantastic, tended to include airplanes. The World Film ...

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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