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Dynamic Science Stories

US Pulp magazine, a short-lived companion to Marvel Science Stories. 2 issues, February 1939 and April/May 1939, published by Western Fiction Publishing Corporation; edited by Robert O Erisman (1908-1995). The first issue featured the novel Lord of Tranerica (February 1939; 1966) by Stanton A Coblentz; the second issue included stories by L Sprague de Camp and Manly Wade Wellman. Dynamic Science Stories was an average pulp magazine with no distinctive qualities. [MJE/MA] links / ...

Dietz, William C

(1945-    ) US author who began to publish sf with War World (1986; vt Galactic Bounty 1997), the first volume of his Sam McCade sequence of sf adventures about an interstellar bounty hunter, which continued with Imperial Bounty (1988) and two further titles. The galactic venue of the series exhibits some interesting kinks, and McCade himself gradually gains individuality. Although the angle of approach differs – the protagonist this time is an interstellar con man ...

Jordan, G P

(?   -    ) Author (perhaps Canadian) of work for Young Adult readers; as Godfrey P Jordan he has written nonfiction for this market on Baseball. Of sf interest is the MicroKidz Mystery Adventures series opening with The Cagey Bee Byte (1984? or reissue); as indicated by the series title, the action deals with issues of Crime and Punishment involving Computers; sf devices include a form of mechanized Telepathy. Also sf is the Starr Family Adventures sequence ...

Appleton, Jane Sophia

(1816-1884) US editor and author of regional texts, focused primarily on Bangor, Maine; Voices from the Kenduskeag (anth 1848) with Cornelia Crosby Barrett, assembles poems and stories for a local audience, some fantastical; much of the material seems to be directly by Appleton. Of sf interest in the book are "Vision of Bangor in the Twentieth Century" and "Sequel to the Vision of Bangor", in which a distant Near Future Bangor is seen as a Utopia in which the sexes are equal (see Feminism). ...

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 ...

Clute, John

(1940-    ) Canadian critic, editor and author, in the UK from 1969; married to Judith Clute from 1964, partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. His first professional publication was the long sf-tinged poem "Carcajou Lament" (Winter 1960 [ie Autumn 1959] Triquarterly), though he only began publishing sf reviews in 1964 and sf proper with "A Man Must Die" in New Worlds for November 1966, where much of his earlier criticism also appeared. This criticism, despite some studiously ...

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