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Lawrence, Josephine

(1889-1978) US editor and author, active and prolific from about 1915 in both capacities, concentrating in her early career on work for younger children, soon contributing tales for girls, under various names, to the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Though much of this material may verge on the fantastic, she is of sf interest primarily for an adult novel, Not a Cloud in the Sky (1964), a Dystopian vision of a Near Future America where those over 65 are "retired" to reservations. [JC]

Jameson, Storm

(1891-1986) UK author, the first woman to gain a BA from Leeds University (a first class degree, in 1912), known mainly for family-chronicle novels such as those assembled as The Triumph of Time (omni 1932). Her cultural and literary studies illuminate the 1920s – a 1928 address, later published as The Georgian Novel and Mr Robinson (1929 chap), which was written as a counterblast to Virginia Woolf's Mr Bennett and Mrs Brown (1924 chap), instances not only expected figures like Aldous ...

Telepathy

Telepathy or mind-reading is the most popular and durable paranormal ability in sf; its hypothetical roots in scientific reality are discussed under ESP, as are instances of pre-Genre SF usage and various stories which deal with telepathy as part of a wider spectrum of Psi Powers. / The vogue for telepathy stories in the sf magazines was hugely advanced by John W Campbell Jr, whose enthusiasm for superhuman mental powers (see Superman) led to the notorious "psi-boom" in his Astounding and ...

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]

Atlas/Seaboard Comics

Seaboard Periodicals was founded in 1974 by former Marvel Comics publisher Martin Goodman and his son Charles "Chip" Goodman. Atlas was the name of the imprint used for Seaboard's Comics titles: the company is referred to as Atlas/Seaboard to avoid confusion with the 1950s Atlas Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. The company attempted to publish a line of colour comics in various genres, including the Superheroes Ironjaw, Tiger-Man and The Cougar (created by Steve Mitchell). A line of ...

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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