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Beyond Centauri

US quarterly Print Magazine of science fiction and fantasy, aimed at younger readers, one of a number of similar low-paying magazines published by the now defunct Sam's Dot Publishing, Cedar Rapids, Iowa and edited by Tyree Campbell. It appeared on a regular quarterly schedule for 39 issues from July 2003 to January 2013. It was published in letter-size format and usually ran to 36 pages with large print and illustrations, plus copious poetry, so the total wordage was low and the stories ...

Roberts, Charles G D

(1860-1943) Canadian poet and author, important in Canada's literary history, prolific in several modes from 1880 to 1941, brother of Theodore Goodridge Roberts; the posthumous collapse of his reputation came about partly because of the unyielding conservatism of his poetry (now forgotten except for warhorses), but also because his racism about Native Canadians (and others) has worn poorly. Earth's Enigmas (coll 1896; rev 1903) contains several supernatural tales. Among his many works focusing ...

Roberson, Chris

(1970-    ) US publisher and author, who founded Clockwork Storybook, a print-on-demand (pod) publisher, in 2000, through which he published his first books, Voices of Thunder (coll 2000), Cybermancy Incorporated (coll of linked stories 2001), and the first of his Celestial Empire sequence most of whose episodes are set in an Alternate History dominated by a China that had never isolated itself from the rest of the world. The sequence continues with Set the Seas on Fire ...

Kehuan Shijie

[Literally "SF World", although the publisher's preferred translation is "Science Fiction World"] The journal of record of the modern sf community in China, Kehuan Shijie was founded in 1979 in Chengdu, Sichuan, as the State-supported Kexue Wenyi ["Science Literature and Art"], one of several magazines that sprang up amid a post-Mao renewal of interest in science popularization. However, with a sudden reversal in the Party line on sf, and claims that the genre was "poisonous" in the wake of ...

Atkinson-Keen, Susan

(?   -    ) Canadian geologist and author of Adventures of Broughton Bear sequence for younger children; her Young Adult Time Travel novel, Weekend in the Jurassic (1989), features Dinosaurs. [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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