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Hale, Edward Everett

(1822-1909) US Unitarian preacher, abolitionist, contributing editor to The Atlantic Monthly and author, who often wrote as by Captain Frederic Ingham, though sometimes Ingham serves as frame narrator for Club Stories. Ingham provides something of this function in Hale's best known single work, The Man Without a Country (December 1863 The Atlantic Monthly; 1865 chap), later assembled in The Man Without a Country and Other Tales (coll 1868), about an army officer who abjures his native country ...

Kerr, A W

(1848-1934) Scottish author of Space: A Mirage (1913), in which an extremely early version of the Galactic Empire is sketched, though in allegorical terms involving spiritually advanced "celestials" who watch and ward over Earth, despite opposition from the Sardonics who inhabit a planet of that name. [JC]

Longevity in Publications

It has long been understood that sf and fantasy have been blessed by a remarkable number of writers whose lives and careers have been notably extended (see Longevity in Writers). The phenomenon is also noticeable in SF Magazines and the extended tenure of several editors. The longest surviving magazine, at least by name, is Weird Tales which continues today, ninety years after it first appeared in 1923. However, the original magazine series ceased in 1954, did not reappear until 1973, and has ...

Tepperman, Emile C

(1899-1951) US insurance broker and author, active in the 1930s and 1940s under his own name, beginning with "Satan's Scalpel" for Secret Agent "X" in March 1934, a Pulp magazine for which he also wrote several longer stories under the house name Brant House. He contributed several book-length instalments to the long Spider sequence of sf-inflected stories (see The Spider), these all under the House Name Grant Stockbridge. Tepperman's contributions include: / "City of Dreadful Night" ...

Gernsback Publications

Publishing company set up by Hugo Gernsback in ?1929 and used by him to publish Science-Fiction Plus and the first issue of Scientific Detective Monthly. The company survived him by many years as a publisher of electronics magazines, and eventually ceased trading in late 2002. [DRL]

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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