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G-8 and His Battle Aces

US Pulp magazine, 110 issues October 1933 to June 1944. Monthly to April 1941, bimonthly thereafter. Published by Popular Publications; edited by Rogers Terrill and, later, by Alden H Norton (1903-1987). / All the novels in G-8 and His Battle Aces, each complete in one issue, were the work of one of the most prolific of all pulp authors, Robert J Hogan, who also wrote under pseudonyms the additional short stories which filled out each issue. Hogan, who wrote The Mysterious Wu Fang and other ...

Gotthelf, Ezra Gerson

(1907-1981) US rabbi and author, whose sf Satire, The Island of Not-Me: A True Chronicle of the Life of Geoghan Willbe on The Island of Not-Me, Preceded by an Account of his Person Before his Arrival Upon that Famous Isle (1935), places on an Island a Utopia with totalitarian characteristic. It is written in a style distantly evocative of Jonathan Swift. [JC]

Chen Jiatong

(1987-    ) Chinese author, a master's graduate from the Beijing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics whose success was greatly augmented after his debut novel Bai Hu Dila yu Yueliang Shi ["Dilah and the Moonstone"] (2014; trans Jennifer Feeley as White Fox 2019) was recommended by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television as one of "100 Excellent Books" for young readers in 2015, and made a compulsory text in some Shanghai primary ...

Lazarus, Keo Felker

(1913-1993) US author for children and the Young Adult market whose Gismo trilogy – comprising The Gismo: A Science Fiction Story (1970; vt The Gismo from Outer Space 1974), The Gismonauts (1981) and A Message from Monaal (1981) – begins when a young lad discovers the eponymous Communications device that links its user to outer space and an Alien race whose leader Throalian Monaal is studying Earth's society. Book two takes up the tale in the Near Future as the first protagonist's ...

House, Edward Mandell

(1858-1938) US political figure – in his refusal of official duties rather like an earlier Bernard Baruch (1870-1965) – involved with President Woodrow Wilson in setting up the League of Nations; his urgency about the USA's joining the League played some part in his dismissal in 1919 from Wilson's inner circle of advisors. Philip Dru, Administrator: A Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935 (1912), published anonymously, is a surprisingly wide-ranging exercise in Politics. After a cartel of ...

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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