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Osunde, Eloghosa

(?   -    ) Nigerian film-maker, journalist and author whose short fiction has not been designatedly fantastic. They are of interest for their first novel, Vagabonds! (2022), which is set in an intoxicatedly multi-form version of Lago (see Cities), the toolkit of Fantastika being creatively here re-sorted, though the intimate assemblage of tales that make up the whole might be most ...

Sowden, Lewis

(1903-1974) UK-born South African newspaperman and author, in Israel from 1966, whose The Man Who Was Emperor: A Romance (1946) is set in an imaginary country of marginal sf interest. Tomorrow's Comet: A Tale of our own Times (July-August 1949 Blue Book as "Star of Doom"; 1951) deals with the End of the World in psychological terms. [JC/PN]


US Semiprozine published in letter-size format by Unique Graphics, Oakland, California and edited by Millea Kenin. Five issues, undated, from early 1981 to Spring 1986, though the final issue appeared three years after the previous. It bore the subtitle "Alternative Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy", as it sought to be a market for those stories that found no home elsewhere. Most of the stories were, in fact, fantasy or ...

Ballantyne, R M

(1825-1894) Scottish author whose family fortunes were blighted by the bankruptcy of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) in 1826: his uncle owned the Ballantyne Press, Scott's printer, and his father transcribed Scott's manuscripts in order to preserve their anonymity. His professional experiences in Canada with the Hudson's Bay Company shaped his first book, Hudson's Bay; Or, Every-Day Life in the Wilds of North America (1848). Most his fiction, almost exclusively for boys, is also ...

Frahm, Leanne

(1946-    ) Australian author who began publishing work of genre interest with "The Wood for the Trees" for Chrysalis 6 (anth 1979) edited by Roy Torgeson, and who collected further sf and fantasy stories in Borderline (coll 1996); her sf is perhaps less idiomatic than her other work, though a later story like "Rain Season" (Fall 1998 Eidolon) – which focuses on the denial behaviour of an obsessed ...

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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