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Waisbrooker, Lois

Pseudonym of US Feminist editor, publisher and author Adeline Eliza Nichols (1826-1909); she wrote several nonfantastic propaganda novels like Alice Vale: A Story for the Times (1869), about an abnormally sensitive and intelligent woman constantly at odds with male expectations of her sex. She is of sf interest for A Sex Revolution (1894), in which a Utopia is posited where women have gained control over their own bodies, are recognized as superior to males as nature intended, enjoy sexual ...

D'Anvers, N

Pseudonym of author and translator Nancy Regina Emily Meugens (1844-1933), who clocked her Belgian ancestry ["Nancy from Antwerp"] through the name she chose for all her translations of novels by Jules Verne. In her own right, as by Mrs A G Bell or Mrs Arthur Bell, she was the author of several popularizing guides to Western art and individual artists, the best known of these being James McNeill Whistler (1904) because he disapproved of her. She wrote no fiction. [JC]

Nonstop Magazine

US Semiprozine published and edited by K J Cypret from New York, with Luis Ortiz as art director. It only saw three printed issues, all far apart, Winter 1993, Winter 1995 and Spring 1997. The first two were letter-size and the third review size, with a title change to Nonstop Science Fiction Magazine; the never-completed fourth issue was released in digital (PDF) form only in October 2013, along with digital reissues of the first three. Nonstop was anarchic in form, design and content and, ...

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

1. US Comic strip conceived by John Flint Dille for the National Newspaper Syndicate Inc., written by Philip Francis Nowlan, based on his novel Armageddon 2419 AD (stories August 1928, March 1929 Amazing; fixup 1962). Buck Rogers appeared first in 1929 in daily newspapers, illustrated by Dick Calkins, and in March 1930 the Sunday version began, signed by Calkins although the actual illustrator was Russell Keaton (to 1933) and then Rick Yager (who also took over the daily strip in 1951). Calkins ...

Blackburn, John

(1923-1993) UK antiquarian book dealer and author, in many of whose novels a powerful ambience of Horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf, often simultaneously; he was a sophisticated, commercial exploiter of Equipoise in fantastic fiction. The loose General Kirk sequence beginning with A Scent of New-Mown Hay (1958; vt The Reluctant Spy 1966), A Sour Apple Tree (1958) and Broken Boy (1959), tends to manipulate the patterns of espionage and thriller ...

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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