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White Holes

Item of Terminology denoting proposed cosmic counterparts of Black Holes. A series of theoretical papers in the 1970s suggested that for every black hole there must somewhere else – perhaps at the far end of a connecting Wormhole – be a corresponding white hole gushing energy out into the Universe in the same way that a black hole would suck it in. The idea was popularized by John Gribbin in his "speculative nonfiction" White Holes: Cosmic Gushers in the Universe (1977), but ...

Helps, Arthur

(1813-1875) UK civil servant, in close proximity to the monarchy after 1869, and author; he is best known for Friends in Council (coll 1847 and 1849; later series 1859), dramatized discourses which may have been influenced by the example of the much sharper Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), and which are translated into more clearly fictional Club Story form in Realmah (1868 2vols) as by The Author of "Friends in Council", which features a Lost Race tale set in the ancient empire of Sheviri in ...

Cosmic Crime Stories

US Print Magazine of science fiction and fantasy, slightly larger than review size (9 x 6 in; 227 x 150 mm), published twice yearly (January and July), one of a number of similar low-paying magazines published by Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and aimed at younger readers. It began in January 2011, its first two issues edited by Karen L Newman. Newman's departure, however, meant that there was no issue #3 and instead it leapfrogged to #4 (July 2012), now edited by Tyree Campbell. The ...

Chilling Monster Tales

Letter-size saddle-stapled Cinema Magazine printed on newsprint-quality paper. One issue only: August 1966. Published by MM Publishing Ltd from New York. No editor named. / Chilling Monster Tales consisted chiefly of uncredited summaries of classic Monster or Horror films including House of Frankenstein (1944) (see Frankenstein), Them! (1954) and The Day of the Triffids (1963), heavily illustrated with stills. An unusual feature was the use of red ink throughout much of the magazine. There ...

George, Vernon

Working name of Scottish author George Shirra Gibb Vernon (1885-1959), whose first work of sf interest, Hamish Munro's Experiment: A Thrilling Romance of the East and the Antipodes (1935), is a fantasy published by a vanity house, and whose The Crown of Asia (1939) is a Near Future Yellow Peril Invasion tale, set in the 1940s, the target of the being India. [JC]

Langford, David

(1953-    ) UK author, critic, editor, publisher and sf fan, in the latter capacity recipient of 21 Hugo awards for fan writing – some of the best of his several hundred pieces are assembled as Let's Hear It for the Deaf Man (coll 1992 chap US; much exp vt The Silence of the Langford 1996; exp 2015 ebook) as Dave Langford, edited by Ben Yalow – plus five Best Fanzine Hugos and one Semiprozine Hugo for his self-produced news magazine, Ansible (which see). His one ...

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