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Lindall, Edward

Pseudonym of Australian author Edward Ernest Smith (1915-1978), in whose Near Future sf novel, Roar of the Lion (1969), a 1980s insurrection, modelled on the example of the Viet Cong, ignites an Island in the South Pacific; the major powers soon intervene. [JC]

Household, Geoffrey

(1900-1988) UK author whose life abroad between about 1920 and 1945 was exceedingly catch-as-catch-can, though he left the army after World War Two as a Lieutenant-Colonel. He remains best known for Rogue Male (1939), filmed as Man Hunt (1941) directed by Fritz Lang, a dark and solitudinous updating of the thrillers of John Buchan, in which a single man, who misses a chance to assassinate Hitler, goes to ground in England and returns to the surface almost supernaturally transfigured and ready ...

Beyond the Boundaries

UK A4-size quarterly Semiprozine, first issue titled Mab Sêr ["Son of the Stars"]. Published with the support of the Arts Council of Wales; described itself as "A collection of stories, articles, poems and cartoons of science fact and fiction, fantasy and horror"; its bookshop circulation was mainly in the Cardiff area. Twelve issues Autumn 1994 to Summer 1997, first four issues also numbered "Volume 1". Published by the Welsh Speculative Writers' Foundation, Chairman Peter Grehan, Editor ...

Worlds of Tomorrow

US Digest-size magazine, 26 issues in two series, April 1963 to May 1967 and [Summer] 1970 to Spring 1971. First issue published by Barmaray Co, New York and then by Galaxy Publishing Co. as a bimonthly companion to Galaxy Science Fiction and If, until May 1967, 23 issues, edited by Frederik Pohl. The bimonthly schedule slipped when August 1964 was followed by November 1964, and it went quarterly May 1966-May 1967. Worlds of Tomorrow was briefly revived by the Universal Publishing and ...

Weird World

UK magazine, quarto-format on poor book paper sufficient to appear like a slim Pulp magazine. Two undated issues, 1955-1956, published by Gannet Press, Birkenhead; edited anonymously. Weird World printed a mixture of sf and fantasy, including some reprints. The fiction was of fairly low quality, though not as bad as the material published by Gannet Press under its original owners. The magazine is very rare, but only a completist would want it. The advertised companion magazine, Fantastic World, ...

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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