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Swan American Magazine

UK slim Pulp magazine, published by G G Swan, London. The two (undated) sf issues in the series, #11 (probably 1948) and #15 (probably 1949), were resettings with UK illustrations of parts of Future Fantasy and Science Fiction (a variant title of Future Fiction), December 1942, and of Science Fiction Quarterly, Winter 1942. This was effectively a postwar renewal, with new ...

Davis, Brett

(?   -    ) US newspaper reporter from 1989, with Aerospace Daily (2001-2005) and subsequently with backfence.com, whose Bone Wars sequence of sf novels, Bone Wars (1998) and Two Tiny Claws (1999), amusingly sets two historical nineteenth-century paleontologists – Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897) and Othniel Charles Marsh (1831-1899) – against each other in Montana in a search for ...

Miller, R DeWitt

(1910-1958) US author who was involved in promulgating ideas about Fortean phenomena (see Charles Fort), and who began publishing sf with "The Shapes" for Astounding in February 1936. In addition to some works of Fortean nonfiction, such as You Do Take It with You (1956), he published an sf novel, The Man Who Lived Forever (March 1938 Astounding as "The Master Shall Not Die!" as by Miller ...

Hinde, Thomas

Pseudonym of UK author Thomas Willes Chitty (1926-2014), whose career as a novelist extends from 1952, when he was not very plausibly associated with the "Angry Young Men" (more a journalistic invention than a literary movement) which included Kingsley Amis and Colin Wilson. Ninety Double Martinis (1963), understandable as Fantastika though not explicitly, anatomizes an extremely ...

Owen, David

(?   -    ) UK journalist and author of Young Adult novels. His first, Panther (2015), rims Fantastika edgily in the story of a panther loose in London that the protagonist hopes to trap, in order to lift himself from depression caused in part by living in the suburbs. In The Fallen Children: They Will Rise (2017) a similar world is suddenly ...

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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