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Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature

Australian critical magazine edited by Van Ikin from the University of Sydney and later University of Western Australia; associate ed Terry Dowling; irregular; Pulp-magazine format, 45 or perhaps 46 issues 1977-2009, apparently current. Intended to be a reputable academic journal, as the editorial addresses suggest, Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature has oscillated a little uneasily between the academic and the fannish, but has nevertheless published good critical features. ...

Reese, Jenn

(1970-    ) US author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Valkyrie" in Sword and Sorceress XVII (anth 2000) edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley; many of her best stories were assembled as Tales of the Chinese Zodiac (coll of linked stories 2006 ebook); Jade Tiger (2006) is a martial arts fantasy. Of sf interest is the Young Adult Above World sequence beginning with Above World (2012), set many years after Overpopulation has induced large numbers of Genetically ...

De Las Cuevas, Ramon

Pseudonym of US anthropologist, archaeologist, museum curator and author Mark Raymond Harrington (1882-1971) whose only known work of fiction, the novella "Teoquitla the Golden" (November 1924 Weird Tales), is a Lost Race tale embedding within some typical Clichés of the form an early, interesting and nonjudgmental Transgender SF plot. The protagonist finds a hidden valley containing a lost Aztec civilization, and there uncaringly drives an Aztec woman who loves him to suicide; as ...

Games Magazines

This encyclopedia does not as a rule give full entries to Games-oriented Print Magazines: FASA's Stardate (which see) is a rare exception, since for part of its run it was also a science fiction magazine; another exception is Ares (which see), most of whose issues included an sf story. Other games magazines of some relevance have included Dragon from TSR Inc, with 359 issues 1976-2007; White Dwarf from Games Workshop (which see), launched 1977 and still current; and Challenge from GDW (Game ...

Leonard, Raymond

(1941-    ) UK academic, poet and author whose first novel, OMEGA (1986), fairly belatedly depicts the fate of human civilization in the Near Future when a Computer (the acronym of the title) is put in charge. The Nostradamus Inheritance (1986), which is horror, lacks any links of interest to the historical Nostradamus; Legacy of the Shroud (1988) is a thriller involving Religion and recovered knowledge. [JC]

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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