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Barnes, Arthur K

(1909-1969) US pulp author, known also for his works outside the sf field, who was intermittently active in sf until about 1946, beginning with "Lord of the Lightning" for Wonder Stories in December 1931. His Gerry Carlyle series of Space Opera tales – in which Miss Carlyle and a sidekick hunt down various Aliens, carefully designated as non-sentient, for the London Interplanetary Zoo – was worked up into Interplanetary Hunter (stories June 1937-Winter 1946 Thrilling Wonder; fixup ...

Robinson, E A

(?   -?   ) US author in whose The Disk: A Tale of Two Passions (1884; vt The Disk: A Prophetic Reflection 1884), with G (George) A Wall, a series of Inventions – optical cables capable of harnessing the Sun's light, imperishable food (see Food Pills), disease-eliminating injections – plays second fiddle to a tale of sexual passions. The inventions are effective. [JC]

Karp, David

(1922-1999) US author whose sf novel One (1953; vt Escape to Nowhere 1955) is a notable Mainstream use of sf modes as a way of expressing Dystopian views about the future. Though distinctly less convincing than such predecessors as Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon (1940) or George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), it does present a salutarily grim and sharply described vision of a totalitarian future America, and of the brutal mind-control that must be imposed if such a state is to ...

Rand, Peter

(1942-    ) US author of The Time of the Emergency (1977), an sf novel set in a world subsequent to a nuclear Holocaust – but how much farther into the future it is hard to distinguish – so that the abstract desert and surreal hotel that provide a stage for the four protagonists' shattered behaviour may in fact be described as inhabiting a Ruined Earth. [JC]

Adventures in Horror

US letter-size saddle-stapled weird fiction magazine printed on newsprint. Publisher: Stanley Publications Inc. Editor: Theodore S Hecht, anonymously. Seven issues, October 1970 to October 1971. Publication schedule, nominally bimonthly, was somewhat erratic. / A magazine of generally low-quality Horror fiction with a distinctly erotic flavour, with such lurid titles as "The Naked Slaves of the Master of Hell" (October 1970) and "Trapped in the Vampire's Web of Icy Death!" (December 1970). ...

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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